EC Legislature Portfolio Committee seeks inputs on Children’s Amendment Bill, 2015

OCTOBER 17, 2016

The Portfolio Committee on Social Development will embark on Public Hearings this week across the Province on the Children’s Second Amendment Bill, 2015 [B 14B – 2015]. The purpose of the Public Hearings is to obtain inputs into the Bill from members of the public and interested stakeholders.

The Bill seeks to give effect to children’s rights as provided for in Section 28 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; to align the Act with other legislation and to give effect to Constitutional Court decision which found that Sections 151 and 152 of the Children’s Act, 2005 were unconstitutional. The Sections provide for the removal of a child to a form of temporary safe care with or without a court order, to the extent that it provides for a child to be removed from family care by state officials and placed in temporary safe care, but does not provide for the child to be brought before the children’s court for automatic review.

The Constitutional Court also found that the Children’s Act lacked proper safety mechanisms to deal with a situation where a Social Worker or a Police Officer wrongly removed a child or where the Children’s Court makes an order based on incorrect information.

This Bill which has already been passed by the National Assembly seeks to amend the Principal Act to be in line with the above judgment.  However by law, it must also get a concurrence of the other house of Parliament (the National Council of Provinces).

The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has therefore referred this bill to the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature to consult the public, formulate a position and mandate, so that the Eastern Cape delegation to the NCOP can support/not support/ add to or delete from this Bill, certain words or provisions.

As part of the Legislature’s constitutional responsibility to facilitate public participation in legislative processes, the Committee will visit the following areas:

 

                                                                      Group 1: Alfred Nzo

DATE

TOWN

VENUE

TIME

18 Oct 2016

Mt Fletcher

Mt Fletcher Town Hall

10h00

19 Oct 2016

Matatiele

Matatiele Town Hall

 

KwaBhaca (Mt Frere)

Alfred Nzo District Municipality Hall

Group 2: Port Elizabeth

18 Oct 2016

Uitenhage

Babs Madlakane Hall

10h00

19 Oct 2016

Port Elizabeth

Daku Hall

20 Oct 2016

Port Elizabeth (Western Area)

Gelvandale Hall

Group 3: Joe Gqabi

18 Oct 2016

Barkley East

Barkley East Town Hall

10h00

19 Oct 2016

Burgersdorp

Burgersdorp Rugby Hall

20 Oct 2016

Aliwal North

Hilton Community Hall

Group 4: Buffalo City

18 Oct 2016

East London

Gompo Hall, Duncan Village

10h00

19 Oct 2016

Mdantsane 

Indoor Sports Centre

20 Oct 2016

Qonce (King William’s Town)

OR Tambo Hall, Zwelitsha

Group 5: Cacadu

18 Oct 2016

Graafreinet

Graafreinet Town Hall

10h00

19 Oct 2016

Humansdorp

Country Club

20 Oct 2016

Grahamstown

Tantyi Hall

Group 6: Chris Hani

18 Oct 2016

Cradock

Lingelihle Hall

10h00

19 Oct 2016

Engcobo

Engcobo Town Hall

20 Oct 2016

Queenstown

Queenstown Town Hall

Group 7: OR Tambo

18 Oct 2016

Lusikisiki

College of Education

10h00

19 Oct 2016

Tsolo

Tsolo Town Hall

20 Oct 2016

Mthatha

Mthatha Town Hall

Group 8: Amathole

18 Oct 2016

Idutywa

Bonkolo Traditional Council

10h00

19 Oct 2016

Butterworth

Butterworth Skills Centre

20 Oct 2016

Qumrha (Komga)

Qumrha (Komga) Town Hall

 

 

Members of the public are invited to the above mentioned areas and are also urged to comment on the Bill. Copies of the Bill may be obtained at www.polity.co.za  or www.eclegislature.gov.za   or www.parliament.gov.za. Written comments on the Bill may be submitted to the Co-ordinator of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development Ms Nosipho Sizani- Leve at [email protected] or faxed to 040 639 3214. She can be contacted at 040 609 1547.  Attached for ease of reference is the Bill.

Members of the media are also invited to join the Committee as they embark on the hearings. For more information and interviews, please liaise with Ms Buli Ganyaza on 071 642 3490 / [email protected] alternatively Mr Velisile Bukula  on 071 642 3495 or [email protected].