Police earlier this month arrested a 23-year-old mother after the body of her six-month-old boy was discovered in her shack, abandoned and mutilated.
But many of Mzansi’s famous females feel that these horrific situations are caused by poverty and desperation, and that the struggling mothers aren’t always directly to blame.
Said Mafikizolo singer Nhlanhla Nciza, according to the Daily Sun: “We need to let people know that there are alternatives such as orphanages and foster homes.
“Mums sometimes feel helpless because they don’t have enough money to feed their kids.”
Voicing her opinion, socialite Khanyi Mbau said she thinks people are very quick to judge without understanding the “challenges of motherhood”, and that struggling women need a better support system.
Agang Women Forum head, Vanessa Hani, spoke out about the particularly dire situation in the densely populated settlement of Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, and insisted that something has to be done.
“Although this terrible crime against children happens in other parts of the country too, Diepsloot has experienced far too many of the brutal killings,” said Hani.
“We call for action. The community must watch for possible dangers in order to protect our children.
“We all need to come up with effective ways to fight this kind of thing.”