In the Western Cape alone, more than 250 children were abused during the first three months of the lockdown.
Experts say increased levels of stress were experienced during the hard lockdown in households.
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Civil society organisations say this is but the tip of the iceberg as many cases go unreported.
Parents are being urged to be alert and vigilant.
eNCA’s Ayesha Ismail shares more details in the video above.