Child welfare NGOs concerned over attacks on children

Two fathers, in separate incidents in the Western Cape, beat their two-year-old children.

FILE: The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children’s Zeenat Osman says crimes against children perpetrated by their own parents happen far too often. Picture: sxc.hu.

CAPE TOWN - Child welfare NGOs have expressed concern following attacks on two toddlers allegedly by their fathers.

In Hanover Park about two weeks ago, two-year-old Zoe Petersen was beaten to death.

Her father is charged with her murder.

In Mossel Bay, a 21-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly beating his two-year-old daughter with a belt.

She's since been released from hospital.

The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children's Zeenat Osman says crimes against children perpetrated by their own parents happen far too often.

"Often children are used as pawns in situations like these, where if I can't you as the mother or wife, I will hurt the child to get to you."

Child rights group, Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Rapcan), has also reacted with deep concern to these reports saying it's clear society is not prioritising the protection of children.

Both fathers are due back in the dock later this month.