80 kids in jail for murder

2008-08-25 00:00

Cape Town — The top six crimes committed by children in South Africa are murder, rape, serious and violent assault, robbery with aggravated circumstances, house-breaking and theft, the Safety and Security Minister, Charles Nqakula, said here yesterday.

Briefing the media on the progress made by the government’s Justice, Crime Prevention and Security cluster, Nqakula said that at the end of May there were 3 478 children in detention in South Africa.

“There are 80 children who are serving sentences for murder. Five of them are girls … 115 boys are serving sentences for rape.”

Nqakula said 130 children, of whom four are girls, are awaiting trial on charges of murder. A total of 178 boys will face charges of rape, he added.

He said the issues of children in conflict with the law and of young people and violence were raised at a recent cabinet lekgotla, particularly after recent attacks on youths.

Nqakula said the government is to put more resources into the Moral Regeneration Campaign to deal with social crime and children in conflict with the law.

“There will also be an aggressive campaign to mobilise society, especially parents, to take responsibility for the upbringing of children.”

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