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Cabinet calls on SA to protect children from harm

In Soweto alone, more than 90 cases of sexual assault are being investigated after a scholar patroller was arrested.

Minister of Communications Mmamoloko Kubayi. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Cabinet says that it is deeply concerned by the recent reports of crimes against children, particularly the multiple cases of sexual assault at schools.

In Soweto alone, more than 90 cases are being investigated after a scholar patroller was arrested.

Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has praised the Gauteng Education Department for its swift response to the assaults.

“The provincial department is commended for the prompt response by removing, with immediate effect, the senior management of the school, bringing on board social workers and instituting an investigation by an independent body.”

Kubayi, who was speaking at a post-Cabinet briefing, says that only a united effort will help reduce these types of crimes.

“Cabinet calls on all communities to work together to protect children from any form of danger and abuse. We call on them to partner with local police to keep our communities safe especially for our children.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)