Man calls radio station after seeing girl being beaten in morning traffic

2016-01-25 13:08

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Cape Town - A Cape Town man has said he witnessed a harrowing beating of a young girl during morning traffic, calling Cape Talk on Monday morning to report the incident.

The caller, who identified himself as Larry, told Kieno Kammies of Cape Talk he was on his way to work on Monday when he saw a man beating a young girl in his car while stopped at an intersection. The man was described by Larry as someone who looked like the girl’s dad, uncle or transport worker.

“He was slapping her big time, he was hitting her like he would hit another adult. And it went on for quite a number of seconds,” Larry said.

“She busted her head against the window. He would bash her head and slap her, in an ugly way.

“It was very traumatising to say the least. Even I couldn’t stomach it and my daughter was completely hysterical.”

Larry said he tried to follow the car but the lights had changed at the intersection, and the traffic started moving again. He did not specify the location.

He managed to take a picture of the individual and his car, and said he was willing to come forward as a witness.

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Kammies also spoke to a spokesperson for the Western Cape Social Development Department to ask what can be done for citizens during incidents like these.

“This situation is completely unacceptable. Kudos to Larry for bringing the matter forward,” said provincial spokesperson Sihle Ngobese.

“We are a country that has the most progressive legislation in terms of protecting our children. However, there are individuals that do not get the message. The Western Cape government will have none of this.”

Ngobese said the incident had been reported to the police, and said the department’s social workers will take the matter forward, with the hopes of taking the matter to court.

- Listen to the original Cape Talk broadcast here.

According to Health24, child abuse is defined as the wilful and unjustifiable infliction of pain and suffering on children, and takes different forms. There are five documented types of child abuse: Emotional abuse; emotional neglect; physical neglect; physical abuse and sexual abuse.

- Read more: The 5 types of child abuse

Parent24 reports that child abuse can be reported to a government body including the police (08600 10111), Child Welfare SA (011 452 4110) or the Department of Social Development. Childline can also be contacted on 0800 055 555 for support.

- Parent24: How to recognise and report child abuse

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