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SA's children are still suffering

South Africa marks National Child Protection Week.

South Africa is marking national Child Protection Week. Picture: sxc.hu

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town NGO Molo Songololo says even though great strides have been made to protect children in South Africa more can be done as the country marks national Child Protection Week.

The drive started on Monday with the theme of this year's campaign entitled: Working Together To Protect Children.

Since the beginning of the year there have been many reports on sexual violence against children and more recently mothers dumping their newborn babies.

Earlier this month a newborn baby girl was found dumped in a bush in Delft.

A passerby found the little girl wrapped in a blanket near the Tsunami informal settlement.

In March, a newborn baby was found alive covered in maggots close to the same area.

In another incident, a newborn was found in a fridge in Johannesburg in April. The baby was found alive in a residential yard with its umbilical cord still attached.

Molo Songololo's Patrick Solomons says, "While the country has made great strides to ensure that we improve the care and protection of children this is not enough."

"Child protection must be a priority. There are far too many reported cases of child neglect, abuse and some very horrible cases of violence against children."

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