This was the view of the director of the Children’s Institute, Professor Shanaaz Mathews, interviewed following the murder of six-year-old Stacey Adams in Mitchells Plain.
Her body was found in a shallow grave next to a wendy house occupied by her mother’s boyfriend, who was arrested and was to appear in the Mitchells Plain Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday in connection with her death.
“Research has shown that our child protection system is failing children, and they fall through the cracks,” Mathews said. A system was needed that provided families with the support they needed, to ensure they were able to provide children with stable, nurturing and safe environments.
Earlier this year, child rights advocacy groups called for the appointment of a children’s commissioner following the murder of at least 66 children in the province. But Mathews said a children’s commissioner, and a commission of inquiry into child murders, would not result in fewer children being murdered. However, they would spur police to improve their investigations and put pressure on government departments to act.