The faults that hurt our so­ci­ety

The New Age (Northern Cape) - - COMMENT -

STATS SA re­cently re­vealed that there are more than half a mil­lion chil­dren be­ing used as child labour. Forc­ing chil­dren into labour is truly an hor­rific crime, it is cruel and in­hu­man and a spe­cial task force of po­lice and so­cial work­ers should be as­sem­bled to stamp out this evil.

Stats SA also had some wor­ry­ing things to say about mor­tal­ity, where mal­nu­tri­tion is still killing many chil­dren and is third on the list of causes of death among one to 14 year olds.

How can this hap­pen? No­body should go hungry in this coun­try.

The re­port is a wake-up call in many re­spects, in­clud­ing the growth of non­com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases that ac­counted for 57.4% of all deaths, which means that we need to ad­dress un­healthy life­styles through pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion.

For­tu­nately, we have or­gan­i­sa­tions like Stats SA to gather in­for­ma­tion and present it to the pub­lic, but we are the ones who must heed these find­ings and en­sure that we act on ad­dress­ing them.

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