'SA needs to protect its children'

Childline South Africa says the country's current child protection strategies are not successful.

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

CAPE TOWN - Childline South Africa says the country's strategies to prevent violent attacks on children are not successful.

A series of violent attacks on children have been reported in the Western Cape in the past couple of weeks.

In one incident, a nine-year-old girl died this week after she was raped and set alight in Delft in January.

This is one of at least five brutal attacks on children in Delft, an informal settlement on the outskirts of Cape Town.

Delft resident Ruth Phiri says she fears every day that one of her children will be the next rape or murder victim.

"I have three kids. I'm very concerned about their safety."

Childline's Joan van Niekerk says South Africa's current strategy to protect children is failing.

"We need a fundamental shift in our society towards violence."

According to the Medical Research Council, 45 percent of all rapes reported to South African police are child rapes.