Cape Town – As Child Protection Week is observed under the theme “Let us protect all children to move SA forward”, the Children’s Institute at UCT said that while rape murders were unusual in other countries, they were common in South Africa.
In its 22nd year, the campaign by the Department of Social Development aims to mobilise all sectors of society to ensure that children are cared for and protected.
South Africa has drafted legislation, based on the United Convention of the Rights of the Child, the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, and the Constitution.
Professor Shanaaz Mathews, director of the Children’s Institute at UCT, said rape-murder occurred in 20% of child murder cases.
“Both the rape of children and their murder are not unusual events in our country; they are related problems. However, rape murders are unusual events in other countries.