Tebogo Msimanga |
As the battle against the second pandemic of Gender-Based Violence and Femicide continues in South Africa, many children remain victims of different forms of abuse including physical and sexual abuse, murder, rape, assault, abduction and child trafficking.
Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, will in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), host a National Roundtable Webinar on Child Killings, Abuse and Rape on Friday, 26 March 2021.
This webinar also forms part of the National Human Rights Month which also seeks to highlight and address the plight of children and their rights to protection. This year, South Africa is observing the month under the theme, “The year of Charlotte Maxeke: promoting human rights in the Age of COVID-19.”
The South African Police Service (SAPS) statistics suggested that someone is raped every 35 seconds, but according to the National Institute for Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation (NICRO) only one in 20 rape cases is reported to the SAPS.
2019/2020 Annual Crime Statistics presented by the SAPS showed that child murders dropped by 7% and more than 24,000 children were sexually assaulted in South Africa.
The Webinar, will be hosted in partnership with UNICEF and different government departments, child protection stakeholders, parents and children will be having a national dialogue to discuss issues of child killings, rape and child abuse.