DA calls on government to focus on raising awareness of children’s rights on Children’s Day

The Democratic Alliance (DA) calls on the MEC for Social Development, Nancy Sihlwayi, along with her department to develop and improve strategies to raise awareness for religious-based discrimination, children with disabilities, forced child labour, bullying in schools, child abductions and the effects of physical and psychological trauma on children.

National Children’s Day is not just about children’s rights, it should also serve as a day of reflection on parenting. Parents should use this day to reflect on the methods they use to raise their children. If those methods are not in line with constitutional provisions, then they must engage in behavioural change in order to prioritise the child’s holistic well-being.

We call on the citizens of this beautiful province to play their part in protecting the rights of our children by reporting suspected cases of child abuse and child neglect.

The South African Constitution’s Section 28 of the Bill of Rights states that children have the right to a name, citizenship and some form of care.

It also states that children have the right to food and shelter and must be protected from abuse, neglect and degradation.

No child should work when they are underage or get involved in work that interferes with his or her education or development.

Our late former president, Tata Nelson Mandela once said, “The true character of a society is revealed in how it treats its children.” A caring DA provincial government will use this special day to focus its attention on celebrating our precious children and promoting their rights and general well-being. — Kobus Botha MPL, Shadow MEC for Social Development