Residents urged to protect children

Several stakeholders gathered at the Sam Hlalele Hall on June 2 to share their views on how children should be protected especially when it comes to crime.

Members of the Tembisa South Police, Ekurhuleni North Cluster ‘s family violence and child protection unit, Child Welfare, Child Line, The Dept of Social Development, The Dept of Health and the local community, all shared their views regarding the safety of children.

Lieutenant Colonel Dube of the Tembisa South SAPS said that parents should not just keep quiet or hide the fact that their minor children are involved in criminal activities.

She said they needed to report them and and refer them to the relevant departments so that they could get help before they are assigned a criminal record.

Sister Thuli from Child Welfare said that they deal with children who have been abused, abandoned, kidnapped and trafficked. Fathers also had to support their children instead of running away from their responsibilities.

She said they must all be responsible for their children and respect their rights.

“The community must not be afraid to be witnesses in courts whenever a child has been abused,” added Thuli.

She encouraged the community to report suspicious criminal acts and women who abandoned their children.

“Pregnant women who at a later stage are seen without a child and claim to have no knowledge of what might have happened to the child, should be reported to the police,” added Thuli.

Shonani from the Tembisa Magistrate’s Court said parents must ensure that they provide shelter, food, clothes as well as access to education for all their children.

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