Sexual abuse prevalent in December

Authorities have urged parents to keep an eye on their children during the festive season.

Authorities have urged parents to keep an eye on their children during the festive season.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Social Development Department says it is entering a season where sexual abuse of children is prevalent.

While Child Welfare SA says it receives up to 100 calls on Christmas day from people witnessing child abuse.

Social Development MEC Albert Fritz says people are in jovial mood and often forget about their children's whereabouts.

He says this is a window of opportunity for sexual predators.

"During this silly season, the abuse of smaller children is prevalent. Some parents neglect their children because they are partying and this is the perfect time for predators."

Fritz says he is also concerned about the length of time children take to report abuse.

He says many time children will wait until school re-opens in January to report their assault.

"We only found out in January when children return to school. They report the cases to their teachers."

The MEC urged parents to keep an eye on their children at all times.