RONDEBOSCH, CAPE TOWN, 3 June 2019—Yesterday marked the start of child protection week. Over the next few days NGOs, researchers and citizens will be called on to end violence against children. It is just as important that there is a commitment from the highest level of government to protect South Africa’s children.
Children who don’t have birth certificates are at risk of being excluded from school if the Department of Basic Education does not provide school funding for those without a valid ID number. There is emerging evidence that this is already happening in the Eastern Cape.
On 29 November 2018, the Constitutional Court will consider the constitutionality of the use of corporal punishment in the home. The Constitutional Court has prohibited corporal punishment in detention settings in 1995 and in schools in 2000, and this case presents the opportunity to prohibit its use in the home.
UCT News [Nov. 20, 2018] -- More than 6 million of the country’s children regularly go hungry, with dire consequences for their capacity to thrive – or even survive – according to the 2018 South African Child Gauge, which urges the government to move swiftly to address the gaps in family services.
These children live below the food poverty line which, in real terms, means their families cannot provide even the minimum amount of nutrition they need.
What is “a family”? In South African law, the answer – or rather, answers– are broad. For example, it’s not considered unusual or unacceptable for children to move between kin and to be raised at different stages by grandparents, parents and other relatives. Kinship care is a widespread and customary practice in South Africa, as it is elsewhere in southern Africa.
Lucy Jamieson talks to SAFM's Sakina Kamwendo about the gaping hole in the State's response to violence against children. (May 9, 2018.)
We take pleasure in inviting you to the launch of the Children and COVID-19 advocacy briefs: Tuesday 3 August from 10:00 - 12:00
Provincial consultations on the Children’s Third Amendment Bill (August version) are being held in August and September. We strongly encourage you to participate in the provincial consultations and to make written submissions on the Bill. Written submissions are due 10 September and should be send to Ms. Sarah Mabasa at SarahMaf@dsd.gov.za and Ms. Matlhogonolo Sebopela at Matlhogonolos@dsd.gov.za