Protect our children, asks Zuma

2012-05-27 22:05

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has called on South Africans to unite to protect children.

He was speaking in Kimberley on Sunday at the launch of Child Protection Week, which begins on Monday and continues until next Sunday.

"We have to work together to protect children in distress, children who suffer neglect, abuse or exploitation and children who live in extreme poverty and for whom life still remains a struggle," he said.

Section 28 of the Constitution outlined all rights accorded to children.

The Children's Act came into operation in 2010 to give effect to these rights and it set out the principles relating to care and protection of children and defined parental responsibilities in the interest of the rights of children.

"We must all make an effort to know the Children's Act so that we can educate our children," he said.

Many families grapple with the challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality.

These impacted on children more than adults.

Government was prioritising children through education, health, rural unemployment, the creation of decent work and the fight against crime.

Eight million children attend school without paying fees and more than ten million children benefit from social grants.

However, communities could also help to protect children.

“Firstly, we must strengthen families,” Zuma said.

Policies such as the migrant labour system had created absent fathers and female-headed households.

Government had introduced a green paper on the family through the department of social development.

Secondly, children should be raised with the values of ubuntu and respect.

They should be taught the basics of non-racialism, equality and diversity and know the history of oppression in the country.

He called for the exposure of child abusers.

Suspicious behaviour should be reported and perpetrators should face the full might of the law.

  • Jack - 2012-05-27 22:14

    Wow Mr Zuma. The first time your sounding like a leader, Show some strength and take the reigns a little more

      Dee - 2012-05-28 06:22

      Good grief ....973 thumbs down?? Here's another post to exercise your thumbing at : As a launch to Child Protection week - I totally endorse the sentiment Zuma imparts on protection of children by a whole community - and society at large. May we do it every day and not only in Child Protection Week.

      Rob - 2012-05-28 07:22

      Yes protect the children from multi spouse, dysfunctional families. Less breeding=More feeding=Healthier Children=More opportunities ! Birth control Zuma, birth control..Oh sorry...wasted on you !

      Theo - 2012-05-28 07:39

      @Dee think it was that comment about sounding like a leader that did it

      Rob - 2012-05-28 07:43

      @ Theo...Lol !

      Susan - 2012-05-28 08:11

      he is now looking for votes, so he he speaks about children,little too late zuma...

      Antin - 2012-05-28 09:44

      Dee, not all of us are so easily fooled. He and his cronies don't give a rat's ass about anything but themselves. That, and votes from the likes of you.

      Matthew - 2012-06-04 10:14

      Wtf? why so many thumbs down? because he's not going on about a painting for once this month? Dont stress Jack.

  • Brian Heunis - 2012-05-27 22:47

    Amazing how this dude has become more vocal in public since the portrait reared his, sorry, it's ugly head!

      Alf - 2012-05-29 07:42

      He is a hypocrite and a philanderer, who does all his thi8nking below the belt! How old is his youngest mistress? It is a pity the picture came down, it clearly depicts Zuma as a person! He is now playing the victim and is hiding behind his wives' backs! The latest name for Zuma I heard from a Katlehong resident: Doubleheader! Nothing to do with the spear though!

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-05-27 22:50

    He is talking gaga.He seeks votes.He can't think with that shower head

  • mario.dippenaar - 2012-05-27 22:58

    I don't want to play the adhominem card, but really. Mr. President, your sexcapades are legendary and to be honest, don't your think that the first step in "strengthening the family" is to remember all your children's first names?

  • Nico - 2012-05-27 23:12

    Poverty breeds poverty so have children according to your income it's unjust towards the unborn who have to suffer.

      John - 2012-05-28 02:58

      Well in that case ShowerDick can have another 20 with the ill gotten income he has.

  • Mikkel - 2012-05-27 23:21

    This is very rich coming from our wonderful president.

      John - 2012-05-28 03:02

      Rich hey. i have to agree with Brian, ever since ""The spear"" he has become a lot more vocal. Punting for credibility or votes, you decide. Power to the DA.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-27 23:50

    Great leadership JZ ! And don't be distracted by all these negative comments. I actually doubt you do, as 95 % come from those who will NEVER EVER vote for the ANC anycase, so why worry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-28 00:27

      @Anthdommy, perhaps he should show leadership but stop making children everyhwere!!!!!!! He should also tell his followrs to stop breeding like rabbits for a mere R 250.00 child grant. This way all new borns are planned with proper family planning and the parents have made sure that the kids are properly taken care off, financially and emotionally. The situation now in SA is that young girls get pregnant because govament ensure they get R 250.00 child grant, and then they go so far to complain that it is not enough to raise a child!!!! FFS!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-28 04:33

      Nicolaas, ""He should also tell his followrs to stop breeding like rabbits for a mere R 250.00 child grant"" Even if one tried hard, to make a more SICK comment like this, would be difficult. This is the problem we have got, that ones like you, because you live in a democracy, seem to be entitled to spew out any filth and BS that comes into your mind !!! You got NO RESPECT for others !!!

      Jacqui - 2012-05-28 12:01

      Anthony, I really don't think you should use the word 'respect'. Coming from you, it sounds mouldy

      indianajohn - 2012-05-28 14:40

      Anthony, the big difference here seems to be the perception of respect. It is clear that many previously disadvantaged people think that respect is automatic for a leader. They respect the leader because he is the leader. This is of course ridiculous. Respect is EARNT. Most people in positions of power are respected because of what they did to get there in the first place! You don't simply respect someone because of their title! Zuma has does nothing to earn to my respect. You need to get over this destructive mindset of automatically respecting someone just because he is the leader. We all know where that will eventually lead us. A leader is not there so that you don't have to think for yourself. And if you can't see the problem with people who live in poverty (or anyone, these days) having many babies then you're as dumb as your leader.

  • Nicolaas - 2012-05-28 00:22

    " We have to work together to protect children in distress, children who suffer neglect, abuse or exploitation and children who live in extreme poverty and for whom life still remains a struggle," he said. Why does these things happen to our children? is it not your idiots who abolished all the units in the police force that were specifically targeted to look out and arrest these perpetrators? Yes, you gave more rights to the criminals, and on top of it, all the money you and your cronies steal contribute to the conditions in which our children found them today.

      John - 2012-05-28 03:10

      "We have to work together to protect children in distress, children who suffer neglect, abuse or exploitation and children who live in extreme poverty and for whom life still remains a struggle," You can make a good start by not stealing the funds meant to educate them, deliver on your worthless promises, by the way your zipper is still undone!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-28 13:01

      JohnB One 'thumb up' for for copying JZ quote, and 20 'thumbs up' for the "zipper" Gee, is this a grade 5 comment site ??????????????

  • jookco - 2012-05-28 01:22

    S.Africa police spy boss suspended,

  • Karel - 2012-05-28 04:29

    Please protect our country as well Mr Zuma ! Please defuse all corruption! Don't give preferential treatment for ANC (struggle and related comrades). Let everyone stand before the law without preference, please !!!!

  • Anthony - 2012-05-28 05:48

    hahaha dont you think you a bit late to wake up now?

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-28 06:57

    I think it disgraceful that it's even necessary to have to ask the nation to look after its children . It should be a given that they will be taken care of. Pity the government steals all the funds intended for the children.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-28 08:17

      Bless, Unless this is a site, ONLY to on JZ, please explain , when you say " the government steals" WHO in the government STEALS ?? And where and when ??

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-28 10:33

      Anthony, m

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-28 10:35

      Anthony, budget intended for the care of children, lands up in the pockets of the people who have been entrusted with the funds to care for them. And these people are appointed by government.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-28 10:58

      Bless, There is a big difference, of certain monies ending in wrong hands ( corruption )and STEALING. I believe our President and his ministers work their but off for SA, Nobody HAS to agree with what policies they have, but I don't think its right to call them THIEVES. They DON'T deserve that !!!!

  • Mark - 2012-05-28 06:59

    The man for all seasons, surprised he can actually stand erect with that lack of backbone. Have news for you, we have been looking after our kids - can you say the same?

  • Sérgio - 2012-05-28 07:03

    Mr. President, please lead and don’t just talk! I dont know if your cabinte has told you that "TALK" is past year’s policy, today and hopefully for the future you should be able to deliver. The innocence of our children IS NOT, I REPEAT NOT, an amusement park for your podium! You house and keep arrogant individuals who only find time for their pockets. These other matters are just minor incidence right, they are just remarks to be noted, just talks to be minute, undisturbed purpose to be viewed, why bother, they don’t challenge your riches all they bring is loads of problems with loads of effort to be solved…right?! Mr. President, why do you reward fault and apathy, believe me your “Cabinet Pageants BEAUTIES” are well maintained and yet you reward their comfort with praises and yet you entrusted their performance with riches and yet you allow severity to assault the light of "love" in our children???....thank you, you are a man with so much leadership

  • anneck.cranke - 2012-05-28 07:37

    Marry more women, therefore spreading the risk of HIV and AIDS amongst the kids you have! Lol!

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-05-28 07:38

    First start by not having children if you can't afford to feed or school them!!!

  • aikhona.zuma - 2012-05-28 07:57

    These are the times when I gets sick to the stomach. Does this person really think the beloved country is populated by idiots? If the National Embarassment was so concerned about the welfare of the future of the nation, why do we still have children heading up households? Why do we still have children going to `school`, where the classroom is a tree, and that in the middle of winter? Why do we have schools around the country still without textbooks six months into the school year? Why do we have countless children living on the street? Why do we have children who have to forego days of schooling because the teachers decided they are not teaching that day? Etc, etc... I`m not too sure what kind of fools the National Idiot and his sidekick takes us for, but most of the people in the beloved country can actually formulate a coherent sentence, and mere words, which have been recycled far too many times, won`t make us suddenly sit up and see the messiah. Thats the problem with the current anc leadership structure. Due to their shocking lack of structured reasoning, the impression is that everyone is equally stupid. We are not. If the failed president cares so much for the children, why does he condone a complletely uncalled march to the Goodman Gallery, knowing full well many people, who needs very little excuse not to pitch up for work anyway, will join this useless exercise, leaving scores of kids vulnerable?

  • fernibat - 2012-05-28 07:57

    Yes child abusers SHOULD "face the full might of the law." Can you spot the problem Mr Zuma?

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-28 08:02

    Saint Jacob the Showerhead...after his pecker disguised as a spear was exposed he got religion!! Save us all o St Jacob!!

  • billidp - 2012-05-28 08:24

    If you want to protect the children then DO SOMETHING about unemployment, rampant crime, especially RAPE snd MURDER of children, sort out our failing EDUCATION SYSTEM and the HEALTH SYSTEM.... all far more important things than a stupid painting and your supposed dignity (what about the childrens dignity?)that you are getting the Judiciary and thousands of people involved in protecting.....

  • Antin - 2012-05-28 09:41

    All your 29 of them?

  • Mart - 2012-05-28 10:24

    Not good enough Mr President. I want to hear you threaten the very existance of child rapists and murderers. I want you to wave your size 10 finger in the faces of individual criminals and crime syndicates...I want you to ensure that these mutants who laugh at the law and are quite prepared to go to jail, learn the fear that they have branded and scarred their victims with. I want you to make it loud and clear that the Bill of Human Rights is there to protect the innocent and law abiding people living in this country. The people must learn to understand that their Freedom has boundaries, and to cross these and society's boundaries is to invite fear and retribution.

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-28 11:56

    Coming from him, it's hilarious. His son has shady deals left right and center and Zuma talks about protecting our children. The more I hear this man, the more I think he has been created in a paper and glue factory.

  • chris.grobbelaar1 - 2012-05-28 13:24

    Policies such as the migrant labour system had created absent fathers and female-headed households. ----> and so BEE also creates female headed households financially, because the caucasian males are discriminated against. “Firstly, we must strengthen families,” Zuma said. ----> Set the example Mr president with high moral standards and justice for the weak, elderly, women and children, farmers and the general law abiding public. Weed out the corrupt does not matter which race they are. Be accountable to the people and not to your bank account. Let there be justice for the normal citizen, safety for everyone...Remember that the illusion of power can come to a sudden end if the people decides so. It is not in your hands...

  • Matthew - 2012-06-04 10:20

    Protect the children,yes sure why not.obviously something we should be aware of etc.But what about those of us,that are teenagers,or young adults. We know what to do and where to go in the end,police and then restraining order. But what in the Good Lords name are we supposed to do,if when we ask for help at the magistrate,they Couldnt care less?! the magistrate in wynberg Cape Town is the one i'm referring to.My girlfriend has a drug addict for a father,and only when i blew the whistle on him,when i heard he physically abused her did we get her out of there and somewhere safe. two weeks after the intial incident,we applyed for a restraining order...Its 6months down the line,he still harrases her and the family,and its taken 6 bloody months because people are mis placing papers and not telling us what paper work to do from our side.the sherrif was supposed to deliver the papers to the father,summoning him to court.after calling him up,mhe's never heard of us and has had no orders to deliver nothing,whilst the woman at magistrate claims all but otherwise.WTF are we supposed to do when we ask for help,to be protected form someone,that would pull a child out of education,to work in R5 store,just so he can get her daily pay,so he can go to the pharmacy and drug it up. We are screaming and shouting to be heard and helped,but to a magistrate that couldnt care less,as long as they're paid end of the month,who cares. .....Help? please.Mr Zuma,invistigate this nonsense

      Matthew - 2012-06-04 10:23

      So my point in this is...what the F are we supposed to do,when you tell us to stand up for ourselves,protect ourselves and human right to not live in fear of some Raging drug addict who would beat up woman (his own daughter) for money for drugs. We ask for help,and we get told to F off (in a matter of words). WTF are we supposed to do.police dont care,magistrate cares less than them and here you are preaching that we must stop child abuse and abuse in general.sort out or magistrate and government 1st.cause whats the point in asking for help and protection when you ignore us at the door?!?!?!

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