Rapcan criticises slow response to child abuse cases

Two Cape men have recently allegedly assaulted their young children.

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CAPE TOWN - Children's rights group, Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Rapcan) has reacted with deep concern to two incidents in the Cape in which toddlers were allegedly assaulted by their fathers.

A Mossel Bay man is accused of severely assaulting his two-year old daughter with a belt. He appeared in court yesterday.

It comes just days after a Hanover Park man allegedly beat his two-year-old daughter to death.

Rapcan's Christina Nomdo said, "From parents who are supposed to be the first defenders of children's rights, to government that allocates insufficient resources to responding to cases of abuse and even less time and effort to addressing the root of the problem."

Meanwhile, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini says the rights of children need to be protected at all costs.

Dlamini addressed a National Association of Child and Youth Care Workers conference on Wednesday in Cape Town.

This came a day after the United Nations stated it's looking into the feasibility of implementing the department's Isibindi programme.

The initiative seeks to prevent orphaned siblings from being separated when placed in foster care.

Dlamini says millions of children could benefit from the programme.

"Isibindi has been a successful initiative because the fact that South Africa puts the interests of the child first means a lot. We have very clear programmes on child and youth-headed households."