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Motion without Notice by Honourable Bertha Mabe on child abuse and violence

7 June 2011

Chairperson, I hereby move without notice: that the Council-

Notes the 30th May to the 3rd June was designated as the child protection week under the theme `Working together to protect our children` which is highlighting the collective responsibility of all members of our society to get involved in fighting child abuse, neglect and violence in our society;

Further notes that over 56 500 children were reported to be victims violent crime in the year 2009-2010 ranging from sexual abuse to murder and that close relatives, friends and acquaintances are overwhelmingly the perpetrators of sexual offences against children in South Africa; and that 29% of all sexual offences against children involves children under 10 years of age; and

I wish to take this opportunity to reiterate the commitment to speak against child abuse and violence in our society and calls on individuals to join the call to protect our children.

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