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Ms Pontso Phahlane
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Students

All prospective and current undergraduate and postgraduate students are requested to liaise directly with the Faculty's Student Administration in connection with all academic and administrative matters.

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Centre for Child Law
Faculty of Law
Law Building (Room 4-31)
University of Pretoria
Pretoria
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Directions to the University of Pretoria

Coming from Johannesburg:

N1, take the R101 Pretoria East off-ramp (you'll see UNISA at this stage on the hill to your right). Follow the Brooklyn M7 (right and then left) to reach Fountains Circle. Stay in the lane second from right to take the Groenkloof off-ramp at the circle. In George Storrar Drive, drive 2.6 km and turn left into Queen Wilhelmina Drive. Continue 1.1 km, turn right into Nicolson Street, continue 0.6 km turn left into Roper and you'll reach the main entrance (1.1 km, at the end of Roper) in Lynnwood Road.

Coming from the OR Tambo International Airport:

The Pretoria off-ramp at the airport will take you to Fountains Circle. Take the Groenkloof or Brooklyn off-ramp (about 270 degrees around the circle). In George Storrar Drive, drive 2.6 km and turn left into Queen Wilhelmina Drive. Continue 1.1 km, turn right into Nicolson Street, continue 0.6 km turn left into Roper and you'll reach the main entrance (1.1 km, at the end of Roper) in Lynnwood Road.

Coming from the north, the main entrance via Lynnwood Road:

N1, the Pietersburg highway, will take you to the N4, the Witbank Highway and then straight into Pretorius Street. Turn left into Gordon Road following the M7 Brooklyn turn-off (Gordon changes into Duncan Road) for 1.8 km. (You'll cross several traffic lights.) You are now at the Lynnwood Road traffic light. Turn right and continue 0.8 km. You are now at the traffic light at the main entrance. Turn right.

Coming from the north, the main entrance via Lynnwood Road:

N1, the Pietersburg highway, will take you to the N4, the Witbank Highway and then straight into Pretorius Street. Turn left into Gordon Road following the M7 Brooklyn turn-off (Gordon changes into Duncan Road) for 1.8 km. (You'll cross several traffic lights.) You are now at the Lynnwood Road traffic light. Turn right and continue 0.8 km. You are now at the traffic light at the main entrance. Turn right.

Coming from the west:

From Schoeman Street, turn right into Gordon Road following the M7 Brooklyn turn-off (Gordon changes into Duncan Road) for 1.8 km. (You'll cross several traffic lights.) You are now at the Lynnwood Road traffic light. Turn right and continue 0.8 km. You are now at the traffic light at the main entrance. Turn right.

 

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Latest News

18 June 2018

Centre for Child Law Brief - "Violence in schools - Public Anger Misdirected"

The Centre's Director, Prof. Ann Skelton, reflects on news about school violence that dominated the week running up to Youth Day 2018. Early in the week, a video surfaced showing what purported to be two girls assaulting a teacher. The video went viral on social media, with the image being viewed again and again. There was a public outcry, radio station callers complained that kids are out of control, they have too many rights, we are too soft on the youth, we must get tougher, bring back corporal punishment, put cameras in every classroom.

As it turns out, the victim of the violence was not a teacher after all. The Limpopo Department of Education spokesperson confirmed that the two learners doing the assaulting as well as their victim were all learners at a school in Limpopo province, and the assault took place outside the victim's home, and not on school premises as previously assumed. Education MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe said that the Department viewed this conduct in a serious light as it had brought the school into disrepute. He added that the Department vehemently condemns violence among learners and violence against teachers by leaners'.

But what about violence by teachers against learners? In the same week, Radio 702 reported on the death of a girl in Limpopo, following an incident on 28 May 2018 in which the Principal of the school she attended, banged the girl's head against a windowpane in the staffroom, causing a head injury. The girl died on 9 June 2018. While the link between the assault and her death has not be proved, assault is assault and should have attracted an arrest. The Principal has not been arrested. Following that story, there was no public outcry, limited media coverage, no calls from journalists to the Centre for Child Law. There were no angry statements from SADTU, no vehement condemnation of violence by teachers against pupils from the Department of Education. A telling silence.

Read the brief for more:

Violence in Schools

15 June 2018

Centre for Human Rights & Centre for Child Law call on the Government of South to "Leave No Child Behind"

On 16 June 2018, Africa commemorates the Day of the African Child 2018 under the theme "Leave No Child Behind for Africa's Development". This year's theme aims to target children who are not benefitting from Africa's growth and development. African countries are challenged to ensure that children are at the centre and not left behind in the drive towards sustainable economic development. This day is commemorated in memory of the Soweto student uprising, that began on June 16 1976, when students marched in protest against the poor quality of education they received and demanded to be taught in their own languages.

The Centre for Human Rights (CHR) and the Centre for Child Law (CCL), both based at the University of Pretoria, encourage South Africa to use this opportunity to reflect on whether it is rising to the challenge to leave no child behind. South Africa's child rights legal framework is one of the most progressive and respected in Africa and the world. It is developed and improved with the aim of viewing each child in South Africa as an individual with rights accrued to him or her as a human being.

However, despite the advances that have been taken to improve the situation of children in South Africa, a lot remains to be done to ensure that children are at centre stage and participate in the drive towards sustainable economic development. Recent events highlight the need to do more to ensure that children in South Africa are beneficiaries of constitutionally promised rights and freedoms.

The Centre for Human Rights and the Centre for Child Law highlight a number of rights violations and barriers that need to be addressed by the Government of South Africa, they deal with: children's right to protest; placing children with disabilities high on the political agenda; and the eradication of pit latrine toilets in rural schools. 

For more see a joint press statement:

CCL & CHR Joint Press Statement

Centre for Child Law