LETTER: Children deserve our attention

2016-05-19 06:00

My high school principal Ernest Hlathi once said: “Young people are great imitators. That is why we always give them something great to imitate.”

I remembered his words when I saw with concern how some children have been reduced to street kids.

Children are a gift from God and deserve to be cared for and kept in safe hands. We are tired of waking up to horror stories about young girls who get raped by men who should be looking after them.

We cannot keep reading about young boys converted to child soldiers by selfish people who have made enemies to fight against.

Children are born with open minds and it is up to us to fill their young minds.

We must not abuse kids as they could grow up thinking it is a way of life. Apparently, abused children in turn become abusers in future. We cannot afford this ongoing vicious cycle.

Children are precious but vulnerable.

They deserve our love and care.

As caring members of society, we must break the silence whenever we see incidents of child abuse, even outside of our own homes and communities.

Institutions such as Child Welfare and Childline South Africa were started to deal with child abuse cases and can be called free of charge to bring culprits to book.

Since it takes a village to raise a child, it should also take the whole village to act against abuse, neglect and exploitation of children.

A person is a person, no matter how small.

Welile Nkonki Mfuleni

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