Johannesburg - The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) on Tuesday called on all South Africans to fight child abuse with the same intensity that they fought apartheid.
IFP KwaZulu-Natal spokesperson on social development Les Govender said this after the rape and impregnation of a 12-year-old girl from Amanzimtoti, allegedly by a man who provided scholar transport.
Govender said such incidents demanded the need to intensify child protection initiatives.
"Preventing child abuse should be considered as a priority in South Africa. Child abuse is a social problem faced by individuals, societies and the nation.
"Child abuse trends in the country are horrific and the punishment rates are pathetic because most of the cases are never concluded at trial, which means that many perpetrators get off scot-free," said Govender.