Child protection register - 1 person listed

2011-08-22 16:08

Cape - Sixteen months after it became operational, only one person deemed unsuitable to work with children has been named in the national Child Protection Register (CPR).

In a written reply to a parliamentary question tabled on Monday, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini confirmed the register was "fully operational", with an allocated budget of R1.7m.

"Only one name appears on the Child Protection Register as a person who is unsuitable to work with children," she said.

"However, there are 64 names of persons who have been convicted of crimes against children, who still need to be found unsuitable to work with children by the courts that convicted them, as required by the Children's Act."

The CPR, which was created in terms of the 2005 Children's Act, consists of two parts.

Part A is a record of all the reports of abuse or deliberate neglect of a child, and all convictions of people on charges involving such abuse or deliberate neglect.

Part B is a record of people found to be unsuitable to work with children, and is supposed to be used to protect children from them.

The parliamentary question was posed by Democratic Alliance MP Patricia Kopane.

In a statement later on Monday, Kopane queried how it was possible that only one name appeared in the register.

"Last year, there were 4 000 reported cases of ill-treatment of children. And we know that South Africa is a world capital for 'baby rape' and the sexual abuse of minors - it is estimated that around 30 000 children per year are victims of sexual abuse.

"In this context, it is difficult to believe that only one person in the entire country is prohibited from working with children. The minister... has some explaining to do," she said.

The DA also wanted to know why it cost R1 725 849 to develop and maintain a CPR that contained but a single name.

"It is essential that we have a Child Protection Register to safeguard our children from those who prey on them. But it is impossible to do so if the register is in a shambles."

Kopane said she would be calling on Dlamini to appear before the social development portfolio committee to explain herself.

  • enstin - 2011-08-22 16:16


      THE.SRG - 2011-08-22 16:30

      it is cause they pocketed the money and further more know what the list will look like.

      BigD - 2011-08-22 16:45

      Typical work ethic

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-08-22 18:06

      Disgraceful ! Most of these appointees should not be in charge of a spaza shop let alone a " government " department. We are living the nightmare that the diehard NATS warned us about. Have this lot learnt nothing in the past 17 years ????

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-22 18:11

      the one on the list must be malema since we know what a bad job he has done with the youth so far....he's probably the first man who shouldn't work with children

      Dominic - 2011-08-22 18:20

      At 1.7 million per name let's keep it as short as it is.

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-08-22 18:40

      SRG & DOMINIC. LOL....Excellent.

  • KZNRM - 2011-08-22 16:23


  • iDubula - 2011-08-22 16:25

    There are no words...

  • SOMEONE123 - 2011-08-22 16:30

    Too busy enriching themselves to worry about anyone out there - including children - most properly the R1,7m is awarded to some tender friend. When we gonna get rid of the incompetent bunch of ANC ministers??????

  • Bad1hq - 2011-08-22 16:32

    What an embarrassment! How can such an important tool in protecting minors just be ignored. 1 name on the list and 64 names to be added, that's nothing! It honestly can't be that hard to name and shame paedophiles and molesters!

  • BoneCollectR - 2011-08-22 16:33

    At this stage it seems the register could use CPR.

  • BoneCollectR - 2011-08-22 16:34

    I know a few politicians who could increase the number to about 20 000.

  • OZNOB - 2011-08-22 16:38

    i think they should be the ones charge with gross negligence of the one they were charged to protect . this is criminal

  • Bill - 2011-08-22 16:38

    Dysfunctional in all aspects...!

  • Optimistic81 - 2011-08-22 16:47

    So sad, children are the future and they are being raped by people who are getting away with it, there are systems in place to protect them, money being spent to help, but i guess the only pockets the money is helping is that of the ANC, who seems to be raping our country.

  • mac-sdi - 2011-08-22 16:58

    forget politics. this is a serious management issue. this process is supposed to shield our kids from sex offenders. Can a parent then sue government if their child is "illtreated" by a caregiver or teacher, etc?

  • sipholess - 2011-08-22 17:26

    All in African time. I'm a goin just as fast as I can.

  • Mike - 2011-08-22 17:33

    Sounds about par for the course really...

  • Mya - 2011-08-22 18:56

    Is this Dlamini minister related to the other one with a similar name? I would be curious to see a family tree with all the ministers in governemnt to see who is related to who.... too many times the same surnames crop up related to these mismanagement issues.... cele...dlamini....zuma...

  • logical007 - 2011-08-22 19:09

    The only item on the computer any government official seems to know how to work is FACEBOOK.... so stick these 'humans' unable to work with children on a facebook page - something government oficials would be capable of doing. also does not cost a fortune.

  • setsompa - 2011-08-22 20:55

    This means there is poor communication between the governments departments. This register must be managed by the courts so that offenders names are immediately entered following their convictions.

  • MOosaGandre - 2011-08-22 23:05

    I know I'll get hammered for this, but one's got to feel sorry for this one person is named,shamed & exposed alone when there shud be so may names on that list.

  • ConcernedMom - 2011-08-23 07:41

    You can see the state of a society and government by the way the children, old people and animals are taken care of. SOUTH AFRICA IS IN SERIOUS TROUBLE!

  • DW - 2011-08-23 08:19

    Next thing you will find that the single person on the list takes the government to court. If he has been singled out and is the only one on the list, they are infringing on his "constitutional rights". After all, why should he be the only one on the list? Its not as if SA has so few paedophiles that they have to look for people to add. The DA should ask for a detailed breakdown of the R1.7m expenditure. For one name you can buy a softcover exercise book for R5.00 and a pen for R5.00. Not sure what else is required.

  • frankm - 2011-08-25 17:40

    Nothing surprising here, its to be expected. After all its only our tax paying for this

  • CaptainK - 2011-09-07 08:01

    I guess the reason our government departments are all in the state that they are in, can be contributed to the same cause as this... Basic ANC selfserving practices,corruption, fraud and lax work ethics... The ANC was to be RSA's saving...but has become our curse!

  • Fanie - 2011-09-07 08:09

    This is a disgrace - there are masses of this human excrement pointed out by name on News24 - why cant it be done on the official page

  • SakzenMa2fas - 2011-09-07 08:43

    People must stop being stupid. According to the law, a conviction alone is not enough to put a person on the register. The courts have to further find you unsuitable to work with children. The register is in two parts, "Part A is a record of all the reports of abuse or deliberate neglect of a child, and all convictions of people on charges involving such abuse or deliberate neglect." Or did some of you deliberately skip over that part for the sake of bashing the gov as a whole as is custom on news24?

  • landie1 - 2011-09-07 09:10

    "who still need to be found unsuitable to work with children" what a joke! If you hurt or abuse or sexually abuse a child then you are non other than unsuitable nothing to discuss nothing to be found! It is because of the LAW that 30 000 childer per year are victims of sexual abuse. There is no law in that to protect the children. Bathabile Dlamini drive your fancy car, stay in you ?mil worth house. It is not like it matters to you. You don't give a damn, it is not your children or your family so why worry! This is bull!!!

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