Baby Nadia’s mother was sentenced to five years for child abuse and another five years for child neglect, however the sentences will run concurrently.
The Magistrate sentenced Paste to five years in prison, adding she could be released in just 10 months for good behaviour.
After being on trial for over two years, both were found guilty after the child was rescued from a drug den in 2019.
Reacting to the sentence, an emotional Debbie burst into tears and stormed out of the courtroom saying the justice system had failed Baby Nadia.
I am still traumatised by what I saw and that child will never be the same again. How can he say Ursula must get parole after 10 months? That is mos nothing. Ek is baie hartseer, I can’t believe it.”
Debbie said after two years of attending court, she had hoped for a harsher sentence.
I have been going to court for more than two years on my own with nobody supporting me and so many times I had to borrow money just for taxi fare to get there but I went because I was fighting for justice for this little child. Now the Magistrate says they got five years because they are mothers and first-time offenders but who lets that happen to a child? They are monsters, not mothers.