Outrage over dead toddler

2015-06-30 06:00

As Youth Month draws to a close, I’m outraged at the brutal murder of Cape Town toddler, two-year-old Zoey Petersen.

The alleged murderer, her father, has been arrested for the heinous crime while investigations continue.

This tragedy highlights the abuse suffered by children at the hands of so called “parents”, exacerbated by the scourge of drug addiction in our communities.

But the question begs, “How do we protect the most vulnerable members in society?”

Zoey’s premature death may leave us floundering for answers to the tragedy, and yet another statistic to the reported 1 018 child homicides during 2009, but how do we prevent and implement remedial action in respect of similar dastardly attacks inflicted upon children?

Media reports reveal that Zoey’s final screams from inside her family’s wendy house in Hanover Park sounded, “like a cat in distress”.

Is Zoey’s death symptomatic of “cracks in the system”, which ought to protect those at risk?

As a father I am devastated by Zoey’s untimely and horrendous murder.

We as parents representing civil society must not allow our moral fabric to decay.

May Zoey’s dear soul rest in peace

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