Calls for stronger action against child abuse

Several incidents of violence against children have been reported in Gauteng this week.

There have been calls for better parenting and stronger law enforcement after several incidents of violence against children in Gauteng this week.Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Experts, politicians and communities have appealed for better parenting and stronger law enforcement after several incidents of violence against children in Gauteng this week.

On Wednesday, an Alexandra mother was arrested for allegedly neglecting her eight-year-old disabled child, leaving her in a shack with no ventilation, water or food.

In Midrand, the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl was captured on camera and circulated.

Meanwhile, a Springs father remains in custody for allegedly keeping his family captive in his home for years.

Women and Men Against Child Abuse's Tania Otto says child protection awareness campaigns aren't enough and more intervention is needed.

"The people who do have the guts to go and report aren't taken seriously. We really have to look at upskilling the whole system because it's broken."

Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says parents must start taking responsibility.

There have also been calls for stronger intervention by authorities to protect the vulnerable.