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'SA desensitised to violence against women & children'

UN special rapporteur Dubravka Simonovic presented her findings in Pretoria today.

UN special rapporteur Dubravka Simonovic briefing media in Pretoria on Friday 11 December 2015. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A United Nations representative visiting South Africa to investigate violence against women and children says its findings so far are that locals have grown desensitised to crimes against these vulnerable groups.

#WomenAbuse Simonovic: We are seeing different forms of violence manifesting in the country, including the practice of 'ukuthwala' TK

UN special rapporteur Dubravka Simonovic presented her findings in Pretoria today.

#WomenAbuse Simonovic Other very worrying trends that are growing in the country include sexual violence against elderly women. TK

During her visit to the county she met with civil society groups and gender based violence survivors.

#WomenAbuse Simonovic: We are seeing different forms of violence manifesting in the country, including the practice of 'ukuthwala' TK

Just this morning, news broke that two teenage girls and a baby had been killed in Katlehong on the East Rand.

Simonovic says violence against women is almost an accepted social phenomenon in South Africa.

"I have heard on many occasions that violence against women has normalised, it's accepted as normal."

Simonovic says the violence inherited from Apartheid still resonates in today's society.

"South Africa is still a young democracy and the scars are still very much alive in its social fabric."

The UN special rapporteur says while South Africa has a strong Constitution, it not doing enough to address crimes against women and children.

WATCH: 'A lot still to be done in fight against women & child abuse in SA'

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