'Don't blame police for crimes against children'

Nathi Mthethwa says parents must work with communities and police to combat these crimes.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa says South Africans should stop blaming the police service for crimes against children.

Speaking at a Business against Crime event on Thursday night, Mthethwa said parents must take up their role in protecting their young ones.

This past weekend a seven-month old boy was found dead in his house in Diepsloot after being bitten by rats.

Mthethwa says people too often blame police for the death of children.

"The police have not been trained to look after children. It's not their job."

Mthethwa added police have been accused of not doing enough to prevent these crimes

He argued parents must realise they have to work with communities and the police to combat these crimes.