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South Africa: 'Our children are dying, but President Ramaphosa doesn't care'

Passing by Cape Town's Parliament Square earlier this month, I caught sight of Fadiel Adams camped outside on the final days of a hunger strike. Africa News
This was a father making a desperate stand against what he felt was the government's lack of interest in combating the recent spate of child murders in the Western Cape province.
The child murder rate has been high for some time in South Africa, but since the beginning of the year, several killings close to Cape Town have drawn nationwide fury and calls for immediate action.
The murder of seven-year-old Tazne van Wyk in early February was the spark Africa Political News

Tazne went missing on 7 February. Her body was found two weeks later after her suspected murderer led police to the storm drain where he said he had disposed of it.
The suspect, a violent multiple offender had been released on parole. He was in prison for the kidnapping and murder of another child.
Mr Adams ended his hunger strike after six days, once he had handed a memorandum to President Cyril Ramaphosa's secretary, but his campaign is far from over.


'We are dying here' People Ask

He is not convinced that the president will do anything. He accused the president of not caring, adding that "this government has failed all of us". Africa Medical News
"We are dying here, our children are dying," said Mr Adams.
"If Ramaphosa really cared he would have made an immediate directive… I don't condone violence or burning things, but we won't stop raising this [issue]. If we have to shut down this whole city to make our point next time then we will."
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