Childline calls for more efforts to fight child abuse

Childline has described the continued abuse of children as horrific.

South Africa's levels of violence against children are among the highest in the world with thousands of children being abused and neglected every year. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Childline has described the continued abuse of children as horrific.

Since the launch of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Woman and Children campaign this week, there's been a spate of serious child abuse cases.

A man was arrested on Thursday after he was accused of raping an eight-year-old girl in Mossel Bay.

Soweto police have detained a man after he allegedly poured a boiling pot of food on an eight-month baby.

And in Limpopo, two young children, age two and four have been taken to a place of safety after they were found abandoned without food.

Childline's Dumisile Nala says these are just a few incidents, but there are many more unreported cases around the country.

"We know these are just the incidents that have come to our attention, but there are many more that we may not be aware of. So it is really worrying."

Nala has questioned whether enough awareness is being generated around child abuse matters.