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‘Failure to protect children can cause long-term harm’

Thuli Madonsela says failure to protect children will affect the state of society in the long-term.

FILE: Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says the challenge South Africa faces with child abuse is just as bad as the challenge of HIV and Aids and should be addressed with the same intensity.

Madonsela delivered the keynote address at the launch of the Child Witness Foundation which supports efforts to address the injustices faced by children in the criminal justice system.



Madonsela says a failure to protect children from violation will affect the state of society in the long-term.

She adds the fight against child abuse shouldn't be viewed as a secondary cause in society.

"The seeds we're planting now will come back to haunt us through Nyaope, rape and terrorism."

Madonsela says in addition to abuse, there are also social trends that can cause long term harm.

"The phenomenon of a so-called blesser, where somebody provides you with things you need with the hope that they will get sex. And of course, those people are not a blessing to our children."

The Public Protector has expressed deep feelings of melancholy from the stories of child abuse she has heard today.



WATCH: Thuli Madonsela endorses Child Witness Foundation

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