Despite the large number of successful convictions, very few people not suitable for working with children are included in the Child Protection Register .
This was disclosed in a written reply to the Democratic Alliance Parliamentary Question, that since 2010, only 1,600 child offenders have appeared in the register.
DA MP, Mike Waters said that the previous parliamentary response showed that between 2014 and 2017, a total of 50,980 cases of child rape were reported.
“Having so few names on the Register, means that thousands of child abusers and murderers are slipping through the cracks and are allowed to continue their campaigns of terror, said Waters.
Added Waters: The previous parliamentary reply revealed a total of 50 980 child rapes reported between 2014 and 2017.
That is 11 601 criminals given another opportunity to reoffend, not even counting scores of perpetrators of other crimes against children, such as child abuse, neglect, kidnappings, whose names also do not appear on the Register.”
Section 120 of the Childrens Act sates, in criminal proceedings, subject to the provisions of subsection a person must be deemed unsuitable to work with children; on conviction of murder, attempted murder, rape, indecent assault or any other sexual offence contemplated in the Criminal Law Amendment Act. Waters said DA will write to the Minster of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, and the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola, to ascertain why a mere 1 660 names appear on the register.
“We want to know what steps their Departments have taken with regards to the 2013 South African Human Rights Commissions report that found massive failures in this regard, said Waters.