Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said several child advocacy groups are in
support of the new requirement specific to travelling with a child, saying it
will go a long way in preventing child abduction and child trafficking.
requirement states that children travelling in and out of the country need to
have an unabridged certificate.
Gigaba said The UN Office on Drugs and Crime Global Report on trafficking in
persons 2014 says child trafficking, of both boys and girls, is commonly
reported in Sub-Saharan Africa, whereas almost all victims detected in North
Africa and the Middle East are adults.
Africa reports the highest share of child trafficking in the world, and girls
and boys are more or less equally detected particularly girls. From Sub-Saharan
Africa, Nigeria and South Africa reported high shares of female involvement,
nearly 50 per cent, during the reporting period.
Meanwhile Minister Gigaba has
requested that the Director General and other departmental officials to
intensify stakeholder engagements, relating to the implementation of
legislative amendments and regulations.
Minister Gigaba It should be
clear that this is not about a review of regulations, but working together to
ensure smooth implementation and to mitigate against any potential unintended
Gigab added that it is in
working together, as government, non-governmental organisations, business,
labour, and broader society, that we can strengthen our efforts in this area,
ensuring smooth implementation in the interest of children, communities, SA’s
economic goals and national security.
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