Child protection register a mess - DA

2012-10-04 16:53

Cape Town - The justice department should take over management of the child protection register, the Democratic Alliance said on Thursday.

There was widespread confusion about exactly how many people found unsuitable to work with children were on the register, DA MP Mike Waters told reporters at Parliament.

He said the social development department and justice departments provided MPs with vastly different figures.

"Whether there is one name, 22 names or 438, the CPR is a complete mess," said Waters.

Two parts to list

He queried why there could be so few names on the list when crime statistics showed close to 800 children were murdered in 2011/12 and at least 70 cases of sexual offences against minors were reported every day.

The CPR consists of two parts, A and B. Part A contains the names of vulnerable children submitted by provincial social development departments.

Part B is meant to list offenders deemed unsuitable to work with children.

Waters made several proposals to improve the system. One was that the names of people found guilty of the rape, murder, or attempted murder of children should be automatically placed on the CPR.

Waters said this was not happening as the law did not make it clear who was responsible for doing so.

"It should be a function of the Registrar of the High Court or the clerk of the magistrate's court to automatically compile and forward the notification to the DG [director general] of justice for inclusion in the CPR."

‘Poorly managed’ registers

He said prosecutors should be asking magistrates and judges to make findings of unsuitability to work with children against convicted criminals.

Waters also proposed that the National Register for Sex Offenders (NSRO) and CPR be consolidated into one to avoid duplication and confusion.

The NSRO contains the names of persons found guilty of sexual offences against children and the mentally disabled.

"The registers are poorly managed and the existence of two registers creates confusion that renders both ineffective," he said.

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-10-04 17:22

    What's new news pussy cat /

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-04 17:31

    EVERYTHING is a mess! They have inept people trying to do complicated jobs who have a standard 6.

  • hendrikvs - 2012-10-04 17:48

    And once again - who do we have to thank? They have to mess up all they touch!

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-04 18:27

    At least they are consistent

  • Mike Peach - 2012-10-04 19:48

    And what will the justice system do,who is it owned by,the maggots.

  • nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-10-05 00:43

    Democracy has one flaw. But first - Intellectual property and patents like Apple spells MONEY !! Majority rules - meaning the illiterate or violent criminals can 'control' the honest, peaceful and hardworking 'normal' people. This political crap needs dire adjustment. A murderer to have the same voting power as a icon or gold medalist. Justice for all. How dof.

  • janefrancis.hey - 2012-10-05 10:04

    I feel sick at the thought of the poor innocent children - they are left to deal with this mess on top of their own trauma. They dont have the country behind them when they get brutally raped, they watch the country not care. They are the future South africans and the anc doesnt care. At least the DA is trying to look after our future generation - our children.

  • benita.debeer.58 - 2012-10-08 10:58

    Why don't people get arrested for using Tik and other illegal drugs on the streets anymore? They are interviewed while smoking deadly substances and while being pregnant too!!?? See this link if you don't believe me. Can teh governement and the police please explain to me why tik users are not arrested for putting their babies and children's lives in danger? Where is the legislation for public use of drugs? Where is child protection? Why doesn't the state sterilize these young addicts? They are not ever going to be able to live a balanced and normal life again, especially not after using a drug as vicious as tik. They cannot be allowed to have children or be parents to those poor kids. The government ends up supporting another street child, or jailing another criminal. How can a government allow this? How can the World Health Organisation allow this to happen to any human being in any country? Please government, do something against these people. Get them off the streets. They are committing criminal acts and they are abusing their children. It is a shame that we are watching this happen and we are not acting immediately to stop it!!

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