Zuma calls for support in fight against child abuse

Zuma called Taegrin Morris, Cuburne van Wyk & Siphamandla Madikane's killers 'cold-hearted and inhumane'.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has lashed out at criminals who have killed children in the Reiger Park area in recent months, calling them cold-hearted and inhumane.

In June, four-year-old Taegrin Morris was dragged by his mother's vehicle in Reiger Park and was later found dead next to the abandoned car.

Just two months later, the partially burnt body of three-year-old Cuburne van Wyk was discovered in an abandoned field after he disappeared for several days.

Ten-year-old Siphamandla Madikane died last November after being suffocated.

Zuma is today launching the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children on the East Rand.

"We can't win this war alone, to protect children, we need the support of families and parents."

Zuma said the country has the Constitution and several laws in place to protect women and children but that alone is not good enough.

The president said Morris's murder was heartless, terrible and uncalled for.

The president and various departments have signed a pledge which aims to work together with communities to bring an end to violence and abuse of vulnerable groups.

In the meantime, the Reiger Park community has applauded Zuma for promising to attend to their plight but say they hope this is just the beginning of government's engagement over crime and poverty in their area.

Residents gave Zuma a rousing reception with children waving their flags and mothers pleading with the president to help them curb the scourge of violence and crime in the area.

A mother said this is long overdue.

"It's not nice for us to see our children suffering, to see our children get killed for nothing."

Residents say they hope this is not the last time Zuma comes to their visit community.

Yesterday, Gauteng Premier David Makhura visited the families

Makhura was accompanied by the Ekurhuleni Mayor Mondli Gungubele, his provincial Cabinet and Gauteng Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba.

There was widespread anger in the community following the release of the police's sole suspect in the Morris murder case.

Makhura said authorities are doing all they can.

"We are convinced that even with these cases here, they will finally get the perpetrators to face the music."

After a meeting with the families, the premier and his delegation addressed residents in the community at a hall and listened to their concerns about crime.

Video: Makhura visits Reiger Park families.