Child Protection Week campaign focuses on children living on farms

Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini, launched Child Protection Week in Braakspruit near Klerksdorp in North West on 25 May.

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This year, the Child Protection Week campaign, which runs until 5 June, is focussing on children living on farm across South Africa.

In a statement, the minister said the campaign served as an opportunity to condemn child labour, neglect, exploitation, human trafficking, teenage pregnancy, cyber bullying, as well as forced marriages such as the Ukuthwala practice.

The Department of Social Development spokesperson, Lumka Oliphant, said “children on farms are more vulnerable and their cases of abuse are more unique, in the sense that parents allow their children to work on farms at young age to bring in more income. This campaign is about highlighting, involving, educating, and creating awareness for parents about children’s rights.”

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