Child abuse rife in SA

Children from Diepsloot on a new early childhood development bus in Diepsloot yesterday, as the MEC for agriculture, environment, rural development and social development Faith Mazibuko (not pictured) launched Child Protection Week. Picture: Michel Bega.

Children from Diepsloot on a new early childhood development bus in Diepsloot yesterday, as the MEC for agriculture, environment, rural development and social development Faith Mazibuko (not pictured) launched Child Protection Week. Picture: Michel Bega.

Cases of child abuse and child murder continue to plague the country as Child Protection Week kicked off yesterday.

Speaking at the launch of Child Protection Week in Diepsloot, Johannesburg, agriculture, environment, rural development and social development MEC Faith Mazibuko said most cases involved abuse by people who were close to the children.

This was evident in various cases recently, including one involving a 32-year-old man who was arrested on Sunday for allegedly cutting his girlfriend’s two-year-old son’s throat in Moletjie, Limpopo. The man is expected to appear in the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court today to face a murder charge.

Mazibuko unveiled a number of projects to enhance the safety of children yesterday. These included a parenting skills programme, early childhood development counselling buses, a standardised meals project, an early childhood development occupational health and safety programme and a body mass index project.

“The bus for counselling will assist in dealing with dramatic experiences due to violence, substance abuse and related incidents in this community,” said Mazibuko. “This bus project was piloted in Eldorado Park and forms part of a basket of services provided under the presidential initiative to fight the scourge of drug abuse.”

Dialogues with children facilitated by the social development department at the launch of Child Protection Week in Delft, Cape Town, found that gangsterism, child abuse, rape, poverty, crime, teenage pregnancy, safety on the streets, neglect, racism, bullying and drug abuse worried youngsters. – jevanneg@citizen.co.za

 

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