Port Elizabeth - The welfare and safety of children was one of the central issues discussed at Premier Alan Winde's executive council meeting on Wednesday, with crime and transport topping the agenda, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said in a statement.
Noting that it is Child Protection Week, the DA-led government called on community members to play a role in ensuring that children were "safe by being vigilant, reporting cases of suspected abuse and acting to protect those who cannot protect themselves".
MEC for social development Sharna Fernandez said that the communities needed to work with the Western Cape government to keep children safe. "The protection of children is something that we must be driving all year round and requires action from the whole of society.
Cabinet members also held a focused discussion on safety issues in the province and the impact of crime on our communities.
Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz blamed an inadequate police service for residents' exposure to gang-related violence. “Over the past week, we have had four incidences of children being shot at, with three fatally wounded.