Children - At what age can I? PDF Print E-mail

The law considers the age of a child as an important factor in various situations. The Legal guide to age thresholds for children and young people (April 2011) outlines (among other things) the ages at which a child can act independently from his/her parents or guardians and also sets out various legal rules relevant to the particular ages of children.

Topics covered include:

  • At what age can children make decisions and act on their own without assistance from their parents?
  • What are the age thresholds for children to access social grants or housing subsidies?
  • At what age can a child sign a legal contract, be prosecuted for a crime, smoke or be detained in prison?

 

Click here to download: Legal Guide to Age Thresholds for Children

 

This Guide (April 2011 - Edition 5) is a product of the Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town.

 

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11 August 2017

Law concerning child's biological origins under scrutiny

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In November 2016, the CCL obtained a judgment from the Constitutional Court concerning surrogacy and the child's right to know their biological origins. The CCL had argued that the genetic link required for a surrogacy in South Africa should remain, as this would allow the child to know an aspect of their biological origins, as protected in international law.

The same issue is now being debated by the South African Law Reform Commission who has asked for comments from the public. The CCL will submit comments to the SALRC at the end of this month.

Read newspaper articles on the issue here:

"The child and the egg" - 10 August 2017

"New report hots up debate on anonymity of sperm donors" - 31 July 2017

"Should sperm or egg donors remain anonymous?" - 30 July 2017

 

 

10 August 2017

Unconstitutional funding cuts to schools

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The Legal Resources Centre, on behalf of the Centre for Child Law and an Eastern Cape school, have launched an application in the Grahamstown High Court to declare the decision made by the Eastern Cape Department of Education to stop funding learners without identity documents, passport or permit numbers unconstitutional. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2urckkN

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