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Child murders are too high – MRCSA

The MRCSA said the country’s child homicide rates remain among the highest in the world.

Baby toes. Picture: Sxc.hu.
Medical Research Council of South Africa,Dr Shanaaz Mathews,Child homicides report
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CAPE TOWN -The Medical Research Council of South Africa (MRCSA) said the country’s child homicide rates remain amongst the highest in the world.

It said three children were killed countrywide, everyday.

Council member Dr Shanaaz Mathews believes South Africa is failing its children. She said too many children were murdered - often at the hands of their parents.

Mathews said preliminary findings showed that nearly half of the child homicides committed in 2009 were the result of neglect and abuse.

At least 74 percent of those homicides occurred to children under the age of four.

“Children’s experience with physical violence is exceptionally high”.

The full report on child homicides in the country will be released in August.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)

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