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TODDLERS over two years of age will no longer be allowed to stay with their mothers in jail.
But female offenders can still apply to keep the kids until they are five years old, according to the Correctional Services Amendment Act, which came into operation yesterday.
"It is in line with the Constitutional principle of the best interest of the child," department spokesperson Sonwabo Mbananga said.
"Research has shown the critical period for bonding between a mother and child is ideal up to the age of two.
"If the children are kept for longer periods in correctional centres, they would experience difficulties in relating to other people." - Sibongile Mashaba