child abuse

Legal obligation to report child abuse: expert

A child rights expert has emphasised that failing to report sexual abuse against children is a criminal offence. It comes on the heels of a widely circulated video alleging sexual abuse perpetrated by two well-respected brothers in the Bo-Kaap community, which family members were reportedly made aware of. Now in[…]

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Need for a holistic approach to combat violence: expert

Although the increased focus on violence against women and children by government and civil society is laudable, it is insufficient if there is to be any hope of changing South Africa’s social environment. Lucy Jamieson, a senior researcher at UCT’s Children’s Institute, said there’s a problematic societal acceptance of violence[…]

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WATCH: Parents react to spanking ruling

It’s official. You cannot smack your children. The Constitutional Court has upheld the 2017 ruling against corporal punishment in the home. READ: ConCourt says spanking your child at home is illegal The South Gauteng High Court had struck down the defence of reasonable chastisement, saying physical discipline violates children’s rights. Sonke[…]

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Dros rape: Nicholas Ninow to hear his fate

WARNING: This story contains graphic details Nicholas Ninow, who pleaded guilty to rape, is expected to hear his fate on Monday when the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria makes a pronouncement on the charges he faced. Ninow, who admitted to raping a seven-year-old girl in a Dros restaurant’s bathroom in Pretoria[…]

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Dros rape survivor to testify at trial

JOHANNESBURG – The young survivor in the Dros rape case will be testifying on Wednesday. READ: Rape survivor calls for quicker prosecution against perpetrators The North Gauteng High Court has already heard from three witnesses, as well as the accused, Nicholas Ninow. Two women, employed at the restaurant, told their version of events[…]

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One baby raped every three days in SA: researcher

The African Regional Child Trauma Conference, which took place earlier this month at the Cape Town City Hall, saw several organisations formally adopt the Leaving No Child Behind: Ending Violence Against Children in Africa Charter, which seeks to “accelerate efforts towards ending violence and trauma” against children in Africa. The[…]

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