NGO welcomes withdrawal of WC children's Bill

The Bill would change the Constitution, making the appointment of a Commissioner for Children discretionary.

FILE: Molo Songololo says the Commissioner for children would play an important role by promoting and protecting the rights of children. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A children's rights Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has welcomed the Western Cape government's decision to withdraw a Bill which would amend the provincial Constitution.

Changes to the Constitution would make the appointment of a Commissioner for Children discretionary.

This is because the provincial government believes filling the vacancy would consume already scarce state resources.

But Molo Songololo says the Commissioner would play an important role by promoting and protecting the rights of children.

The organisation's Patrick Solomons says, "We are asking that they set up the plan for the implementation of the Commissioner for children. We believe that the commissioner for children can assist the provincial government and civil society organisations to identify challenges that they we experience around children."