Compiled by Annalise Kempen
In modern times, small children and teenagers alike are entertained, educated and kept busy through online games. Many would argue that it often serves to keep them in touch with friends and family. The question parents should ask themselves is what they know about online gaming and what they should do to ensure that the games that their children play online and with multiple other players, do not cause any form of harm to their children, defeating the purpose of education and healthy entertainment.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Just before 06:00 on the morning of 21 February 2017, a mother from the notorious Jubilee house in Somerset West arrived at the local police station with her dying 19-month-old baby. The police immediately alerted the emergency services, but the infant, who was only wearing a nappy and was wrapped in a blanket, was declared dead by paramedics. The infant had, what appeared to be a friable and oozing wound, due to a mastoid abscess behind the ear. Her health was not taken care of despite a history of ear infections and loose stools.
By Annalise Kempen
How is it possible that a crime which generates an estimated $150 billion per year remains largely hidden, especially since it occurs in virtually every country across the world? Is it because those in the know are too scared to come forward due to the possibility of retaliation or because they choose to remain quiet?
Article and photos by Kotie Geldenhuys
I have had a close relationship with the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Units of the SAPS for more than 20 years. This relationship dates to July 2002 when I published my first article about the FCS in cooperation with the then national head of the FCS, Brig (ret) Anneke Pienaar.