According to an article published in the Cape Argus, it can take up to six months from the time a case of child abuse is detected and authorities are alerted before any intervention takes place.
The article states that there are currently three cases before the courts in which children between 17 months and 3 years were killed following a history of sexual and physical abuse and neglect.
MEC for Social Development at Western Cape Government, Albert Fritz says the publication 'got it all wrong' arguing they remove the children as soon as a case is reported.
We gave the Argus reporter an email that a child is immediately removed as soon as we are alerted, but we get 90 days in terms of the Act to report to the court - and the court gives us three months to do a proper assessment.— Albert Fritz, MEC for Western Cape Social Development
We work with 55 000 children a month and I must stress that the level of violence is absolutely out of hand - the level of violence against our own social workers going into these houses to remove children is out of hand.— Albert Fritz, MEC for Western Cape Social Development
In Nyanga three weeks ago when two of our social workers went to remove children from a house, they were sexually abused.— Albert Fritz, MEC for Western Cape Social Development
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