UNDER Nelson Mandela, whose love for children is universally acknowledged, South Africa’s then infant democracy ratified the legally binding UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on June 16, 1995. This was the first international treaty ratified by the government.
It was endorsed by Section 28 of the Bill of Rights, which states that every child, among other rights, has the right:
To a name and nationality from
To family care or parental care, or to appropriate alternative care when removed from the family environment.
To basic nutrition, shelter, basic health care and social services.
To be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation.