Cabinet gives thumbs up to report on children's rights

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In a briefing on Thursday, Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele said that Cabinet has approved the publication of the annual National Child Rights Status Report.
In a briefing on Thursday, Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele said that Cabinet has approved the publication of the annual National Child Rights Status Report.
  • Cabinet has approved the publication of an annual report into children's rights.
  • The report will measure the implementation of government legislation and policies.
  • The move comes amid concerns of children's safety.

Children's rights are set to receive a boost, with the publication of an annual report into the legal framework aimed at protecting their interests.

In a briefing on Thursday, Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele said that Cabinet had approved the publication of the annual National Child Rights Status Report.

"It is the first comprehensive status of the child report for the country that has been developed using the country's National Plan of Action for Children 2019 to 2024," he said.

"The report outlines progress on the implementation of legislation and policies that are meant to protect and promote the rights of children as provided for in the Bill of Rights."

The reports come on the back of an increase in child murders in the second quarter.

READ | Crime Stats: Child murders increase by 31.7% year-on-year, sexual offences up

Police Minister Bheki Cele said, while presenting the crime statistics for July to September, last week, that 287 children were murdered, compared to 218 in the same quarter last year, an increase of 31.7%.

But children's organisations had long been raising flags over child safety, with the Western Cape Commissioner for Children saying assault and related crimes against children were on the rise, News24 previously reported.

South Africa also had work to do in stopping child labour, according to a new report by the US labour department. The report found children were at risk of commercial sexual exploitation and forced begging, as well as human trafficking.

ALSO READ | Countries in southern Africa struggling to put an end to child labour - report

The government would also be submitting a report to the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC), Gungubele said.

"This is the third report that South Africa is submitting to the ACERWC, in line with the country being the signatory to AU obligations on the welfare and protection of children in the continent. The current report, which is due to be tabled in March 2022, responds also to the observations made by the ACERWC in our 2016 report," said Gungubele. 

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