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Germiston SAPS and stakeholders mark Child Protection Awareness Week

In some instances, children witness violence at home, which indirectly teaches them that violence is the way to live, which could lead them to become abusers later on.

The Germiston SAPS and various stakeholders kicked off Child Protection Awareness Week with 5km and 10km walks on May 24.

The event began with speeches from the stakeholders that emphasised the importance of the Children’s Act of 2005, which outlines the principles for the care and protection of children and defines parental responsibilities and rights.

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Sister Hazel Moagi, the operational manager of Ekurhuleni Clinical Forensic Medical Services at Bertha Gxowa Care Centre, highlighted critical issues around child abuse.

“Many children report abuse late because of a lack of information and confusion about recognising abuse, especially when the perpetrators are trusted individuals,” Moagi said.

She also noted the impact of witnessing domestic violence, which can lead to behavioural problems and perpetuate a cycle of violence.

The community was encouraged to protect children during Child Protection Awareness Week.

The campaign aims to raise community awareness about children’s rights and responsibilities, child abuse and neglect and provide information on where to find help.

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Moagi emphasised the importance of open communication between parents and children and discouraged parents from negotiating for damages in abuse cases.

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She also called on stakeholders to ensure the enforcement of child protection laws.

The march covered significant routes, including Dukathole Taxi Rank, Joubert Street, Angus Street, Elsburg Road, Dukathole Clinic, Germiston Ext 9 and the Germiston CBD.

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