In his speech to mark 16 days of Activism against Women and Child Abuse on Monday, 10 December, in Rustenburg, Vice President of South Africa Kgalema Motlanthe said reported statistics over the last few years reveal that 5 out of 7 children are abused.
“These high rates of violence are the clearest indication that more still needs to be done, necessitating that we sustain these efforts beyond the calendar and awareness programmes throughout the year,” said Motlanthe as he commemorated the end of the 2012 campaign.
We, along with our initiator, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, whose mandate is to “change the way society treats its children”, we have seen the kind of abuse children suffer and we support government’s attempts to stop it from happening.
The harsh reality however is that some of the children who suffer abuse are in need of the kind of specialised care and surgery the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital will offer, over and above its main Centres of Excellence.
Added Motlanthe: “I am pleased that this [16 Days of Activism] campaign continues to focus the attention of all sectors of society on this critical matter which has a profound impact on the lives of those affected and undermines our vision for a non-sexist, non-racial society and a South Africa that is free of violence, inequities, abuse and discrimination.”