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Police in Welkom, Free State, have started an awareness campaign to educate primary school children about child abuse.
They said child abuse included child labour, negligence and ill-treatment of children by their parents.
Welkom police and members of the social crime prevention visited Njala Primary School in the Uitkyk district, outside Welkom.
Police said the campaign would educate school children on what abuse was and how to report cases.
They told the pupils to report any form of abuse or crime committed against them to the police.
They said it was often difficult for children to report cases because the abuse happened at home.
"The focus is on preventing domestic violence, which happens behind closed doors," said Inspector Kunene Kganare.
Kganare said children should not allow older people to touch them on their private parts.
She emphasised the importance of reporting cases by reminding the pupils of an incident where one parent hit his child with a brick.
Kganare explained to the crowd that child abuse was multifaceted and included negligence.
School principal Marako Mofokeng said parents and children should work together and be involved in strengthening the children's education.