Child abuse on the rise in South Africa

It's child protection week and the lockdown has only worsened matters for vulnerable children. eNCA's Ayesha Ismail reports. Courtesy #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - Child abuse is on the increase in South Africa and it was particularly bad during the COVID-19 heavy lockdown.

In the Western Cape alone, more than 250 children were abused during the first three months of the lockdown. 

Experts say increased levels of stress were experienced during the hard lockdown in households.

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Civil society organisations say this is but the tip of the iceberg as many cases go unreported. 

Parents are being urged to be alert and vigilant. 

eNCA's Ayesha Ismail shares more details in the video above.


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