[PODCAST] Do Children Abuse their rights? #FutureBeats

This week (2nd-9th June) Social Development celebrates child protection week under the theme “let us protect all children to move South Africa forward”.  Child protection week is commemorated every year in South Africa to raise awareness on children’s right as part of our constitution and children’s act.

This campaign began in 1997 and it aims to mobilise all sectors of society in South Africa to ensure that it is everyone’s responsibility that children are protected and taken care of.

South Africa has drafted legislation, based on the United Convention of the Rights of the Child, the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the Constitution.

For Future Beats, Matt Tsolo spoke about the various aspects on the importance of protecting children from violence, rape and HIV.

He also spoke about the study that was done that found that 35% of students were found to be sexual abused and that about 784,967 young people between 15-17 have been sexually abused in South Africa.

Also looking at the rights of children, Matt also asked “Do you think children have a lot of rights?” and the voice note line erupted.

The Department of Social Development has a pilot a 24-hour call centre dedicated to provide support and counselling to victims of gender based violence:

  • The toll free number to call is 0800 428 428 (0800 GBV GBV) to speak to a social worker for assistance and counselling.
  • Callers can also request a social worker from the Command Centre to contact them by dialling *120*7867# (free) from any cell phone.

Yout can also get help at:

  • Childline South Africa: 0800 055 555
  • Child Welfare South Africa: 0861 4 CHILD (24453) / 011 452-4110 /
  • e-mail: [email protected]

Listen to the FULL show podcast below:

Listen to the Afternoon Shutdown with Matt Tsolo Weekdays, 3-5pm with Future Beats every Tuesday Afternoon from 4pm!

WhatsApp Number: 0849703796

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