There is an alarming concern over disturbing reports of crimes against children, the most recent one
being the alleged sexual assault of more than 80 pupils at the AB Xuma Primary School in Orlando,
Soweto, by a scholar patrol guard.
Furthermore, close to 70 children have been murdered in the Western Cape this year with the recent
incident of a young girl’s body discovered in a ditch. This has sparked outrage from organisations
such as the Mitchell’s Plain Crisis Forum‚ which has vowed to attend every court case involving the
rape and murder of children in the province, and Child Welfare SA are tightening their child
Every hour, a child murder or assault is reported in South Africa. The statistics on crimes and
particularly, crime against children in South Africa is staggering. On average year-on-year there is
an increase in the number of cases. The data for the period 2016 shows that on average 51 cases of
murder are recorded each day in South Africa and a high number of the cases are children. South
Africa has one of the highest rates of sexual abuse cases in the world with over 51,000 cases of
sexual offences reported per annum. On an average, this represents 142 cases per day and the sad
part is that a high number of these cases relate to children.
Increasingly, several children become victims of violence, abuse, neglect, exploitation and
abandonment. Such violations limit the children’s chances of survival, growth, development and
pursuit of their dreams.
All children have the right to protection; have the right to survive, to be safe, to belong, to be heard,
to receive adequate care and to grow up in a protective environment. South Africans constantly live
in fear of their children becoming victims of crime such as child rape, murder, trafficking, kidnaping
and other forms of abuse.
To continue to advance the protection of children in South Africa, Child Welfare South Africa (CWSA)
will host a Gala Fundraising Dinner on 3 November 2017, with Honourable Malusi Gigaba as the
guest speaker including a host of other influential people like Miss South Africa, Warren Brosnihan,
Stefan Terblanche, Erald Felix, Simon Rademan, Megan Werner, etc.
CWSA under the theme Bloom 4 Our Children hopes to raise funds for over 2 million children who
are in a vulnerable state. The Bloom for our Children campaign is a call to South Africans to invest
and become active in the protection of all children. The investment starts with attitude change on
how we relate with the issues of Children and goes on to make a commitment towards their
“We are in the middle of a crisis, and its high time that all those who have a passion for children start
showing their support and rallying behind every cause”, says Dr Benny Obayi, Acting NED at CWSA.
CWSA is the largest non-government, child protection organization in South Africa. CWSA is an
umbrella body with a National Office and nine Provincial Offices, and represents 164 child welfare
organizations across the provinces. At 94 years, CWSA leads in the achievement of a safe and caring
environment for all children in South Africa through advocacy, research, capacity building and social
mobilisation for action to protect children.
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