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By unknown | Jul 12, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

The Children's Act recently passed by the government was not going to survive because billions of rands would be needed to implement it, the IFP Youth Brigade has warned.

Youth Brigade chairman Patricia Lebenya said for the act to be effective an "army of social workers" was needed to enforce it.

"The profession is already in crisis because of low pay, bad working conditions and a high case load," she said.

More than 40 sections of the act became operational this month. Among other things, the act allows children as young as 12 to undergo an abortion without a parent's consent.

"Now that some sections of the government's ambitious plan to give children more rights have come into effect, one can only but wonder whether or not this will serve its intended purpose," Lebenya said.

"In South Africa, almost every day, we are confronted with the grim reality of children going missing, being abducted, raped and murdered."

She said latest reports by police in the Western Cape that they were investigating charges of rape and abduction after a five-year-old girl was reported missing in the Karoo was an indication that something more than just a piece of legislation was needed to protect children's rights.


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