Col­lec­tive en­er­gies in child pro­tec­tion

The Mercury - - METRO -

THE sense­less killing of in­no­cent chil­dren in­di­cates that the mes­sage of zero tol­er­ance for these heinous acts has not been reach­ing the right eyes.

A change in the na­tion’s at­ti­tude in this re­gard has to start at the com­mu­nity level. More times than not chil­dren are of­ten abused and killed by peo­ple they know.

There has to be a change to­wards a more proac­tive ap­proach of child care and pro­tec­tion by the en­tire com­mu­nity.

Mo­bil­is­ing the com­mu­nity to­wards an at­ti­tude of col­lec­tive care and re­spon­si­bil­ity is also im­por­tant. In the close-knit en­vi­ron­ment of our com­mu­ni­ties, some­one knows when and how a crime against a child has been per­pe­trated. Em­pow­er­ing these in­di­vid­u­als to speak out about what they know will be crit­i­cal in our ef­forts to stem the wave of vi­o­lence against our chil­dren.

This is one area of the crime sit­u­a­tion in South Africa that we have to pull our col­lec­tive en­er­gies to­gether to col­lab­o­rate.

The state of numb­ness we have reached wherein we dis­miss child mur­ders as just an­other hor­ri­ble news item is a very wor­ry­ing one that we must shake our­selves out of. The es­ca­lat­ing cru­elty against the na­tion’s chil­dren should not only move us to tears, but also to ac­tion.

NILO­FAR DAWOOD Sher­wood

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