A video showing a mother beating her child who is allegedly disabled at a restaurant in Joburg has gone viral on social media.

According to reports, the mother bought a plate of pasta and was see forcing her to eat;

“The boy wasn’t eating properly‚ maybe he didn’t want the food‚ and the woman became frustrated and began to smack [the boy] across the head and try to force-feed him‚” the report quoted the co-owner of the restaurant‚ Kyri Tjirkos‚ as saying‚

“A man sitting nearby approached her‚ and I think at that point she lost complete control. She began swearing at the people watching her‚ hitting the child more and even overturned one of the tables‚ breaking the plates that were on it.

“At this point‚ I went outside and tried to calm the man down‚ because I thought that he was making her more angry and I didn’t want the situation to get physical. Then the [shopping centre’s] security guard arrived on the scene and began comforting the young boy who was crying.”

The woman later apologised to Tjirkos for the damage she had caused‚ offered to pay for it and then followed the security guard‚ who had decided to take the child outside to try and calm him‚ the Fourways Review reported.

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