n South African Medical Journal - The in children stands for cherish : from the editor




But South Africa (SA) does not cherish her children, in spite of their right to care and protection, enshrined in our Constitution's Bill of Rights. Of course this failure occurs in a milieu of social tolerance of use of force and violence in the country as a whole, with high levels of family violence in the home, violence in the community, and violence at the hands of police and in schools (with frequent resort to corporal punishment). Children from poorer households and from rural areas are particularly affected. An editorial in this issue of informs us of the SA position in relation to other countries around the world in the , jointly released by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.


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