A Peaceful protest was mounted by the NCVT on 22nd August 2018.
This was to highlight the recent killing of children in Diepsloot.
Together with photographs taken on the day is a copy of the press release issued by NCVT.
National Children and Violence
105 William Nicol Drive
PO Box 71924
Tel: +27 11 705-1960
+27 11 467-4936
Fax: +27 11 467-4937
For immediate Release:
20 August 2018
A body of a six years old disabled boy found in Diepsloot on the 16th of August 2018
A six year old disabled boy named Ngwako Mashau was found dead in Diepsloot at Extension one. The child was reported to have been playing outside with a friend’s ball and his mother was inside the house. The child was supposedly following a friend when he walked out of the yard. The child’s parents and a few members of the community started searching for the child shortly after he left the yard but could not trace his steps. They reported the child missing to the Diepsloot Police Station on the 14th of August 2018. The family, community and Police searched for the child from Tuesday the 14th up until his lifeless body was found on the 16th of August 2018.
The death of the child concerned comes after the death of a 14 year old girl who was found raped, mutilated and murdered on the 10th of July 2018. The children in Diepsloot appear to be under attack and face a daily threat of being abused or killed. The National Children and Violence Trust has been working in the Diepsloot community for the past 22 years offering trauma counselling to victims of violence and trauma. Women have been falling victims to rape and domestic violence. We as NCVT feel that it is time we stand together and hold hands to fight the scourge of violence against women and children.
NCVT is currently planning a peaceful protest to be staged near the Diepsloot Police Station to urge the police to arrest the perpetrators of these crimes against children. The peaceful protest is scheduled to take place on the 22nd of August 2018.
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The National Children and Violence Trust (NCVT), is a registered South African non-profit organisation that was established in 1995. It provides community-based psychosocial services and empowerment programmes to children, women and families in underserved areas in Gauteng. The NCVT was founded during the peak of the 1990’s political violence. Its original focus was on supporting and healing traumatised children, affected by the violence. Its founder, Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize, saw a need to help the children especially in the townships with providing trauma counselling. Over the last 20 years, this has evolved into a more holistic psychosocial approach delivered by our team of social workers, auxiliary social workers, a psychologist and a team of community-based workers and volunteers. The cases that the organisation works on, are mainly cases of abuse and domestic violence. The target market has also grown to include more focus on women, persons with disabilities and there is also a stronger focus on family preservation. The NCVT partners with the department of social development, schools, police stations, community leaders and other non-profit organisations NCVT’s head office is located in Fourways and it shares the same premises as the Witkoppen Clinic. The NCVT team currently works in the following communities: Cosmo City, Diepsloot, Honeydew / Zandspruit, Itsoseng, and Lanseria.
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