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Final day of public hearings for Child Amendment Bill

Among other things, the bill deals with how offenders are placed on a national register.

FILE: The final day of public hearings on the Children’s Amendment Bill will get underway today. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The second and final day of public hearings on the Children's Amendment Bill will get underway in Parliament today.

Among other things, the bill deals with how offenders found to be unsuitable to work with children are placed on the National Child Protection Register.

It seeks to broaden the type of offences that would result in a person's name landing on the register.

But Director of the Centre for Child Law, Ann Skelton is worried about what the amendments mean for minors who commit such crimes.

She says the bill does not take into account changes to the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act.

"There are two registers in South Africa. One is the register for persons not suitable to work with children, and it falls under the Children's Act, the other one is the sex offenders register. The difficulty that we have is that the proposals are not in line with the recent amendments that have been made to the sex offenders register."