oa Article 40 - What's happening after two years? : Child Justice Act

Volume 14, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1562-4382



Section 96(3) of the Child Justice Act 75 of 2008 ("The Act") provides that the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development must, after consultation with the cabinet members responsible for safety and security, correctional services, social development, education and health -

(a) within one year after the commencement of the Act, submit reports to Parliament, by each Department or institution referred to in section 94(2), on the implementation of the Act; and
(b) every year thereafter submit those reports to Parliament.In terms of the National Policy Framework based on the Act, one of the roles civil society and the non-governmental organisations is to provide information and assistance through their experience and research activities to monitor the implementation of the Act. The Child Justice Alliance ("The Alliance") is a leading civil society network of non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations, academic institutions and individuals working to ensure that the Act is effectively implemented. In order to fulfil this role the Alliance prepared "shadow reports" for the first two (2) years of the implementation of the Act. The first report was presented to a joint meeting of the Portfolio Committees for Justice and Constitutional Development and Correctional Services on 22 June 2011.

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