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During 2007 and 2010, the Centre for Child Law entered into an agreement with the Legal Aid South Africa (previously "Legal Aid Board") in terms of which the Centre provided assistance to Legal Aid SA practitioners on matters relating to children. The Centre sent out a weekly newsletter on child law matters, as listed below. While these newsletters have not been updated since 2010, they may provide a useful starting point for practitioners.

Child Law Matters

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International Child Abductions

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Imprisonment of Young Offenders

    • ISSUE 7

Parental Rights and Responsibilities Overview


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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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