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'Child protection should be prioritised'

Cape Town Child Welfare’s Niresh Ram Klaas says child abuse is on the rise and this is a worrying trend.

Cape Town Child Welfare’s Niresh Ram Klaas says child abuse is on the rise and this is a worrying trend.

CAPE TOWN - Local organisations against child abuse agree its crucial child protection is further prioritised by everyone, throughout the year.

This week marks national child protection week.

Eyewitness News spoke to various organisations which are doing their bit to address high levels of child violence plaguing the country.

Cape Town Child Welfare's Niresh Ram Klaas says child abuse is on the rise.

"Thirty-two thousand children were abused last year countrywide and we're talking very violent, sexual abuses, molestation and physical abuses, they are all on the rise."

While The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children Dorothea Gerte says the attacks on children are becoming more violent.

"The violence towards the women and children seems to be more severe. The perpetrators seem to take higher risk."

The centre says one in four South African children is exposed to high risk of abuse and will be a victim.

STATE TO OPPOSE BAIL

Police say should two men arrested in connection with the rape of two Beaufort West children apply for bail the state will oppose such a move.

The accused appeared in court on Thursday.

They were arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy on Monday.

The police's Malcolm Pojie says, "Based on the nature of the crime, the seriousness of the victims, I don't think it will be wise at this time to let them loose."

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