Child negligence is common

Ratlou Mabula
MARAPONG — On Sunday 16 July Mogol Post was made aware of an alleged incident of child negligence in the informal settlements near Marapong X3, better known as Manamela Park.
The informant, who asked to remain anonymous, gave a tip-off about an infant of between four and six months old being left alone by her mother who is in her late 20s.
“It was after 21:00 on Sunday night when we heard the child crying loudly. Fortunately, my mother has the baby’s mother’s number and called her. The young mother promised to come back home, but she didn’t until the following morning,” said the source.
He says they suspect the lady, who does not seem to be working, had visited her new boyfriend.
Lephalale SAPS Spokesperson Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena said police are aware of child negligence cases in the Lephalale Policing area. He told Mogol Post that Police have often worked with the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offenders (FCS) unit together with social workers in different child abuse cases. It is nothing new he says.
Mokoena advises residents to call the police or to approach social workers when they observe an incidence of child negligence.
“When police are notified of a child negligence case, working with the FCS unit, they pass the message to social workers. The social workers task an official to monitor, assess and make well informed conclusions of the situation before recommendations are made for police to go and open a case. During the investigation period, neglected children will be taken to a place of safety in Polokwane” said Mokoena.
So far, the highest number of child negligence sentences on parents was recorded for cases opened at Villa Nora, covering areas like Shongoane, Mokuronyane and the surroundings.
The Child Helpline toll-free number is 080 005 5555.

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