Convention on the Rights of the Child: Concluding observations on the second periodic report of South Africa**

Publisher (if not LHR): 
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
Year of Publication: 
2016

The Committee considered the second periodic report of South Africa (CRC/C/ZAF/2) at its 2141st and 2142nd meetings (see CRC/C/SR.2141 and 2142), held on 19 September 2016, and adopted the present concluding observations at its 2160th meeting (see CRC/C/SR.2160), held on 30 September 2016.

The Committee welcomes the submission of the second periodic report of the State party and the written replies to the list of issues (CRC/C/ZAF/Q/2/Add.1), which allowed for a better understanding of the situation of children’s rights in the State party. The Committee expresses appreciation for the constructive dialogue held with the high-level and multisectoral delegation of the State party. 

The Committee also welcomes the adoption of a number of new legislative acts and institutional and policy measures related to children’s rights since its last review, including the Children’s Act (Act No. 38 of 2005) and the Child Justice Act (Act No. 75 of 2008), which are largely in line with the Convention.

The Committee further welcomes the progressive application by the judiciary, in the State party’s jurisprudence, of the rights and principles stipulated in the Convention, the overall reduction of infant and child mortality and of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, the increase in birth registration and the efforts made to develop a strong legal and policy framework to combat violence.

The Committee recommends that the State party take all measures necessary to address its previous recommendations of 2000 (CRC/C/15/Add.122) that have not been implemented or have not been sufficiently implemented, in particular those related to legislation (para. 10), data collection (para. 14), budgetary allocations (para. 15), domestic violence, ill-treatment and abuse (para. 27), corporal punishment (para. 28), primary health care (para. 29), adolescent health (para. 31), education (para. 34) and juvenile justice (para. 42).

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