The child’s mother told the police and a social worker at the time that the boy, who was evidently left to starve as he was in an emaciated state, was tied up because he is “unwise and runs around in an unruly manner”.
Nampa on Wednesday visited the boy at the Opuwo State Hospital where he has been hospitalised for about two weeks now.
A nurse, who spoke on condition of anonymity as she is not authorised to speak to the media, said the boy is eating well and has gained weight.
His mother Kairitjanga Mbahono, who is pregnant, also told this reporter that her son was doing well.
The boy weighed just 11,65 kilogrammes (kg) when he was hospitalised on 28 January this year, and had gained two kilogrammes by Wednesday.
Mbahono appeared in the Opuwo Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on charges of ill treatment and child neglect.
Her case was postponed to 11 April 2013 for further investigation and for her to obtain legal representation.
According to State prosecutor Obert Tavengwa Masendeke, an investigation into the matter will only be possible once the child has recovered fully and is released from hospital.
“Both the mother and child need to be sent to Oshakati for mental evaluations or for a psychiatric test to determine their mental status,” Masendeke said.
He indicated that given the child’s alleged mental state, Mbahono has been warned by the court to take care of him while he is in hospital until his mental state is confirmed.
A report by a social worker from the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare also recommended that the child be kept with his mother and that the current social grant he receives be continued to support the child with his basic needs.