Following the high cases of children being sexually molested across the country recently, Home Affairs Minister Mkhize, Hlengiwe calls on South Africans to protect their younger once.
Speaking in Cape Town on Sunday at the launch of the annual child protection week, the minister warned that the SA democracy will be jeopardised if the lives of children are not protected.
South Africa’s democracy will remain under threat as long as children are in danger, Minister Mkhize says, adding that the ongoing reports of children being abused or killed continue to leave South Africans angry and helpless.
“Why are all these young children not enjoying this freedom which so many people died for? If children can’t play freely along the streets, the public parks, we can’t be saying we’re enjoying our democracy.”
— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) May 28, 2017
Minister Mkhize comment about the state of SA children comes days after the stalwart Laloo Chiba called for more actions to be taken by parents, police and the civil society to win the fight against women and child abuse.
Chiba said while speaking at the memorial service of Keketso Mahlakwana in Lenasia on Thursday that the high rate of abuse on children and women must be fought by every South African who is concerned about the country’s future.
“We can’t carry on like this. All of us, each and every one of us, each member of our community, each household, each parent, each teacher, each leader of any civic organisation must take the responsibility of doing something about it.”
The country has recently had a tremendous increase in child trafficking, abuse and molestation. The most shocking of it all was the death of a 3-year old girl from a suburb of Cape Town.
Courtney Pieters went missing on May 4 but her body was found nine days later, buried in a shallow grave about two-thirds of a mile from her home. She was raped twice.
“This is one of the saddest incidents I’ve come across,” said Jacob Zuma said while reacting to the little girl’s death.
As South Africans mark the Child Protection Week in Langa, Cape Town, the custodians of the Children’s Act, the Department of Social Development said the annual campaign will this year be launched under the theme, ‘Let us all Protect Children to Move South Africa Forward’.
The launch of the programme aims at raising awareness and educate society about the rights and responsibilities of children.
“South African children experience and witness multiple forms of violence in the home, family, community and school, usually at the hands of someone they know.
“Violence affects children of all ages. Children under the age of five are most likely to be abused and killed in their homes, while teenage boys are at increased risk of being killed in the context of male-on-male interpersonal violence,” said the Department of Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini.
South Africans are encouraged to report child abuse to the 24-hour Gender Based Violence Command Centre on 0800 428 428 or *120*7867#.