n South African Journal of Criminal Justice - Process and best practices at the Mangaung One-Stop Child Justice Centre

Volume 24, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-8527
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2118



The Mangaung One-Stop Child Justice Centre (from hereon 'the centre') is one of the pioneering one-stop centres for child justice in South Africa and has received international recognition for its work. The centre implemented the provisions of the new Child Justice Act 75 of 2008 within the parameters of existing law before the Act came into operation. The centre also piloted the new preliminary inquiry process before it came into operation. In this article, the process followed from arrest to diversion or trial as provided for in the new legislation is described. In addition, the best practices used at the centre in this process are identified. Although the centre is setting an excellent example for dealing with children in conflict with the law, a few challenges exist and a few recommendations are therefore made.

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