The ACDP reminds those who want to make submissions on the revised Children’s Amendment Bill to do so as soon as possible and before the 29th of November 2018 deadline.

Submissions can be forwarded to Matlhogonolo Sebopela (MatlhogonoloS@dsd.gov.za) and/or Luyanda Mtshotshisa (LuyandaMt@socdev.gov.za).

“From a parental rights and freedom of religion perspective, section 7 of the Bill is of concern to the ACDP. Section 7 proposes that “any punishment, within the home or other environment, in which physical force or action is used and intended to cause some degree of pain or harm to the child”, be unlawful.

Existing law provides protection against child abuse and violence making the amendment unnecessary for the protection of children.

The proposed legislation will only render parents - who choose to administer reasonable chastisement to their children - vulnerable to sate interference and disadvantage families who are in need of protection.

The State is expected to intervene where physical violence or abuse is taking place, but a statutory prohibition on physical correction in the home could result in significant amounts of taxpayers’ money being misdirected into training interventions and court cases involving parents and families that are not at risk. Such depleted resources will leave families and communities that are at risk, even more vulnerable.”


ISSUED BY: CHERYLLYN DUDLEY MP

21 November 2018