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The Centre for Child Law is based in the Law Faculty at the University of Pretoria. The official launch of the Centre was held in October 1998. The Director of the Centre for Child Law at the University of Pretoria is Prof Ann Skelton.

The Centre contributes towards establishing and promoting the best interests of children in our community through education, research, advocacy and litigation.

 The Centre benefits from the funding and support of the following donors in 2018:

  • University of Pretoria
  • Claude Leon Foundation
  • Constitutionalism Fund
  • Elma Foundation         
  • Open Society Foundation South Africa
  • Sigrid Rausing Trust
  • RAITH Foundation

 

Director

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Prof Ann Skelton

 

Deputy Director

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Attorney

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Attorney

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Administrator

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Mr David Mtshali

 

   
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Mr Stanley Malematja

   

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Ms Alexandra Klonarides
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Latest News

18 April 2018

Story 1:

Centre for Child Law receives judgment clarifying law on powers of children's courts to hear adoption matters
involving non-South African children resident in South Africa.

The Presiding Officer of the Children's Court, Johannesburg refused to hear an adoption application on the basis that the
child involved is a Zimbabwean citizen whose visa had expired.

The man trying to adopt the child was married to the child's mother and had become a father to him. The child had no contact
with his biological father and had no family in Zimbabwe.

The presiding officer's decision not to hear the adoption application was challenged in the Johannesburg High Court, where
Judge Kathree-Setiloane found that, for the purposes of determining whether the Children's Court has jurisdiction to hear a matter,
it is irrelevant whether a child is a foreign national or whether the child is legally or illegally in the country.

Read the judgment here.

Story 2:

Centre for Child Law assists a child with cerebral palsy to access education

The Centre for Child Law has assisted an 11 year old boy (A) with cerebral palsy to access education in a special school equipped to meet
his education and care needs.

A's parents had been struggling to find a school to accept their son since he was 5 years old. Schools that they sought assistance from
refused to admit him due to various reasons.

A was eventually accepted by Meerhof School for the Disabled in 2015. He attended the school for a year after which the school said 
it did not have the staff to cater for his special needs.

A's parents sought assistance from the Centre for Child Law. The Centre engaged in settlement discussions with the Departments of 
Education in Gauteng and the North West Provinces. This resulted in an agreement that A would be admitted to the Pretoria School for
Cerebral Palsied Learners. This agreement was made an order of court by the High Court, Pretoria.

For more read an IOL news article here.

 

 

 

 

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