n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Children in conflict with the law : South African perspectives and private company involvement

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



In this article the discussion concentrates on children who fall into conflict with the law in South Africa. Emphasis on this category of offender gained momentum in 1995 after former President Nelson Mandela expressed concerns about the incarceration of young children. Focus is placed on reasons why children fall into conflict with the law, the number of children under detention and how children are dealt with in terms of the South African criminal justice system. In an attempt to keep children out of institutional settings, and in particular prisons, the criminal justice system created an additional layer of institutions to place children in detention. The involvement of private role players in criminal justice (and particularly regarding detention of children awaiting trial) is also investigated. As far as the latter is concerned, reference is made to the Bosasa/Dyambu Place of Safety in the Gauteng province.

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