Western Cape NGOs meet to tackle child murders

Several Western Cape nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) have met to put their heads together to discuss solutions to child murders.

At least 21 children that police know of have been reported killed in the province since January.

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Representatives from about 60 NGOs have attended the childcare forum at the St Georges Cathedral on Friday morning.

The Department of Social Development has also joined the Community Chest of the Western Cape, the NGO facilitating the urgent forum.

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Program manager of Community Chest WC Joan Daries says a panel of speakers unpacked different angles and issues to give the forum a deeper understanding of the nature of the problem.

Daries explains that preventative measures and solutions to address the systemic challenges were discussed.

The room is united in the fact that we have to take action, and we have to take action now.

Joan Daries, Program manager of Community Chest WC

We have to do what we can to prevent this violence against our children from happening.

Joan Daries, Program manager of Community Chest WC

There are millions of children that need us now.... This is an urgent plea to save our children... No more child deaths in this city.

Joan Daries, Program manager of Community Chest WC

The NGOs will craft a call for action and collaborate on a number of civil society initiatives to tackle child murders.

The forum plans to revive calls for a commission into child safety in the Western Cape.

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