Honorable Jacob Zuma has called on employers across the country to check child protection register before employing people to work, especially with children.
The President said doing as such will help safeguard SA children from those convicted for crimes against children.
“There are 441 persons who have been found to be unsuitable to work with children in the past financial year, who are in this register. Let us protect children from further abuse,” said the President.
Zuma was addressing his audience at the International Children’s Day celebrations yesterday at Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, Pretoria when he made the call.
He said his government is working hard to destroy the scourge of child abuse, neglect and exploitation of women and children.
“The South African Police Service is under standing orders to act swiftly against those who abuse women and children.
All our law enforcement agencies are also responding well and the conviction rates for perpetrators of crimes against women and children are encouraging,” Zuma stated.
Commenting, Lindy Wilson, the Shadow Deputy Minister Of Social Development, asserted that President Zuma’s acknowledgment that “only over 400 names exist on the Child Protection Register reveals that government does not care about rooting out child abusers from society.
(And), that South Africa’s children will have to endure more suffering because government does not care about protecting them from criminals despite sexual offences being recorded at 43,195 in the 2014/2015 financial year.”
SA government established the National Child Protection Register in terms of Chapter 7 of the Children’s Act of 2005. That, enabled the introduction of the Child Protection Register in 2010.
As required, when a person is convicted in criminal proceedings for murder, attempted murder, rape, indecent assault, or assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm they shall be disallowed from working with children.
To report cases of child abuse, you can contact the authorities via these numbers: Social Development – 0800 60 10 11; Police Emergency Line – 10 111 and Child Line – 0800 05 55 5.