New child legislation passed

2010-04-01 15:08

The aim of the Child Justice Act is to establish a criminal justice

system specifically geared for children in conflict with the law, Justice

Minister Jeff Radebe said on Thursday.

“This is in recognition of the fact that the normal criminal

justice system often fails to deal with the peculiar challenges facing children,

such as their inability to understand the consequences of their actions,” he

said at the launch of the Child Justice Act in Soweto.

The Act came into effect on April 1 and will assist in diverting

children from the mainstream criminal justice system.

The Act makes special provision in a case where a child shows

remorse, with a plan developed to address the original crime in such a way that

the child does not enter a continuous cycle of crime and violence.


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