Childcare: KZN to widen protection services

2011-03-30 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Social Welfare Department is to expand its childcare and and protection services.

MEC Meshack Radebe said new staff will be appointed and the number of children in child and youth care centres, in forster care and in funded early childhood development programmes will increase.

New probation officers will also be appointed to intensify the implementation of the Children’s Act and the Child Justice Act, helping the department to increase the capacity for assessing children awaiting trial from 2 600 to 4 000.

More children in conflict with the law will be placed in diversion programmes.

Roman Liptak of the Inkatha Freedom Party asked about the impact of the MEC’s frequent helicopter trips on the department’s cost-cutting drive. His question arose after he had met Radebe at the Ulundi Holiday Inn where the MEC and his entourage stopped for breakfast.



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