Children’s rights highlighted at hearings

2016-11-11 06:00
Photo:Siphelele Nketo At the hearings (from left) Makhosi Ntuli (NCOP member), Nahara Yatima (NCOP chairperson) and Lungelwa Zwane (MP).

Photo:Siphelele Nketo At the hearings (from left) Makhosi Ntuli (NCOP member), Nahara Yatima (NCOP chairperson) and Lungelwa Zwane (MP).

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AT the public hearings of the Children’s Second Amendment Bill, hosted by the Social Development NCOP delegation in Kokstad, children’s rights were highlighted.
KZN National Council of Provinces (NCOP) members, led by chairperson Nahara Yatima, and a member from national Parliament, Lungelwa Zwane, attended.

Yatima said the purpose of the proposed Bill is to ensure that children are protected, especially adopted children.

“Children have a right to education and must be protected.”

People had until 16 November to send their suggestions for the new Bill and KZN NCOP will to send the suggestions to the national assembly before the end of November for President Jacob Zuma to sign.

“Previously the country had a shortage of social workers and as a result the process of adoption was only handled by social workers employed in the private sector, but this new Bill allows social workers employed by the state to do the adoption process.
“Once a child reaches the age of 18 he or she is no longer regarded as a child, but the previous Bill prevented those older than 18 from getting a government grant.

“According to the new Bill a child can receive a grant after they turn 18 if an application is made before the child reaches 18,” said senior legal advisor of the KZN legislature, Advocate Nozipho Khuzwayo.

NCOP members also visited Umzinyathi and today are visiting Umkhanyakude to talk about the Bill.

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