Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
The report in Sowetan on February 14 about a mother who abandoned a baby at Soweto's Maponya Shopping Mall is baffling and painful.
Social development MEC Kgaogelo Lekgoro has recently again called on mothers not to abandon their babies, no matter what difficulties they face.
Mothers who are going through emotional upheavals must contact social workers, their local clinic or church, who will get in touch with the department. We have a partnership with many faith-based organisations who counsel people.
In most cases, the difficulties parents and children face with each other are short-lived and can be overcome. Parents and children who seek help are reunited.
Although we have a serious shortage of social workers, the department does assist many people.
The department also has an information centre where people get help. We also work closely with the Child Welfare Society.
Parents experiencing problems can seek professional help from the many children's homes we run in townships in Gauteng.
Severe action will be taken against parents who abandon or neglect their children.
If people in the community are aware of people with problems, they must help by contacting any government department or their local councillor.
Fred Mokoko, spokesman: department of social development, Gauteng