'Children vulnerable to sex crimes'

Matla A Bana has urged parents to take responsibility for the safety of their children.

FILE: Delft residents take part in an anti-rape march on 14 February 2014. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Non-governmental organisation (NGO) Matla A Bana on Wednesday called on parents to take responsibility for the safety of their children.

The group believes the death of a Delft girl shows how vulnerable children are to sexual crimes.

On Tuesday, a nine-year-old rape and burn victim passed away at the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town.

The girl was raped, set alight and left for dead in Delft two months ago. A community member found the girl on a pile of rocks near the R300 highway in January.

Funeral arrangements are now underway.

The family of the little girl who was raped and set alight. Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

Matla A Bana's Monique Strydom says, "It just leaves one hopeless. The people responsible for children are not looking after them."