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Abandoned children, South Africa’s dirty little secret

Abandoned children, South Africa’s dirty little secret

by Robyn Wolfson Vorster Around 3,500 children are abandoned in South Africa annually. News of yet another child found dead or left in a precarious position elicits strong public condemnation and emotion. Public consensus on the issue of child abandonment generally provokes a knee-jerk response to blame and demonise mothers. But despite our deeply felt beliefs, research has indicated...

Cry, the Beloved Children

Cry, the Beloved Children

By Robyn Wolfson Vorster Child Protection Week has come and gone.  If you failed to notice, you’re not alone. Given other pressing issues like fire-pools, football and financial rewards, it wasn’t highlighted very well. These days government seems to be too busy defending itself to also be defending our vulnerable children.   In the context of the $10million alleged...

Babies not for sale. Or are they?

Babies not for sale. Or are they?

By Robyn Wolfson Vorster IT WAS a shock, turning on the radio recently and hearing a government official publicly questioning my motives for adopting my beautiful daughter. In an interview on Talk Radio 702 about the declining number of adoptions, the spokeswoman for the Department of Social Development declared defensively that “our babies aren’t for sale”. The statement came...