Johannesburg - Minister Lulu Xingwana urged people on Friday to be vigilant against abuse during the festive season.
“This is also a season where, as families and friends are gathering at various festive activities, there is a lot of substance and alcohol abuse which often than not leads to abusive behaviour,” the minister for women, children and people with disabilities said in a statement.
Xingwana said many cases of abuse involving women and children made headlines recently. In the Western Cape on Monday a 33-year-old mother of three in Blikkiesdorp, Delft, allegedly tried to sell her five-month-old baby for R40 to buy alcohol.
The baby was rescued by a woman who called social workers and police who arrested the mother.
“The good Samaritan deserves to be praised for her bravery. She is an example of what can be achieved when members of society play an active role in combating criminal acts,” she said.