The African National Congress (ANC) has called for a commission of inquiry to be established to investigate the causes of the high rate of child murders in the Western Cape. The ANC also publicly lambasted Western Cape Premier Helen Zille for failing to take action.
The ANC said that it was fed up with waiting for Zille to take action and that she had broken a promise which she made during her election campaign in 2009 to establish a children’s commissioner in the Western Cape.
These comments come after a 5-year old girl was found murdered on Sunday in Riebeek Wes. One of the men that has been arrested for the murder is the little girl’s mother’s ex-boyfriend. He and his co-accused appeared in the Malmesbury Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
ANC provincial secretary Faiez Jacobs said that it had become clear that the Western Cape could not take the stance that taking care of children is the sole responsibility of the family, but a more comprehensive strategy had to be developed and implemented.
Zille’s spokesperson Michael Mpofu said that these comments were politicking on a very serious issue. Mpofu said these comments by the ANC were nothing more than a shameful attempt to stay relevant in the Western Cape.
Mpofu told IOL.co.za that as a society we need to talk about this issue, he also noted that no child commissioner or police officer could be present behind closed doors of private homes.
Would a commission of inquiry help in this matter? What steps can be taken to protect children in not only the Western Cape but the country? Please let us know what you think can or should be done.
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