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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.

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