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The Centre for Child Law is based in the Law Faculty at the University of Pretoria. The official launch of the Centre was held in October 1998. The Director of the Centre for Child Law at the University of Pretoria is Prof Ann Skelton.

The Centre contributes towards establishing and promoting the best interests of children in our community through education, research, advocacy and litigation.

 The Centre benefits from the funding and support of the following donors in 2018:

  • University of Pretoria
  • Claude Leon Foundation
  • Constitutionalism Fund
  • Elma Foundation        
  • Open Society Foundation South Africa
  • Sigrid Rausing Trust
  • RAITH Foundation




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Prof Ann Skelton


Deputy Director

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Senior Attorney

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Anjuli Maistry

Junior Attorney


Litha Stwayi


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Research, Monitoring and Evaluation



Zita Hansungule


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Isabel Magaya

Candidate Attorneys


Stanley Malematja



David Mtshali

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Alexandra Klonarides 

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13 March 2018

Centre for Child Law & Children's Institute make joint oral submissions on the Traditional Courts Bill

On 14 March 2018 The Centre for Child Law and the Children's Institute will make joint oral submissions to the 
Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional Development on the Traditional Courts Bill.

The CCL and CI welcmoe numerous changes that have been made to the latest draft of the Bill. We note with
appreciation that the latest version of the Bill underlines that participation in traditional court proceedings is
voluntary; and creates mechanims for 'opting out' of the traditional court system.

The CCL and CI also welcome the express commitment of the Bill to the constitutional rights enshrined in chapter 2
of the South African Constitution.

The CCL and CI submit that the Bill needs to be further strengthened to ensure that children's rights are adequately
protected in proceedings of Traditional Courts. In light of existing social norms and the profound violation of children's rights
across the country, there is a need for vigilance and strong accountability systems to ensure that people tasked with protecting
children do not abuse their power.

Read the submissions here.



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