Children

You and Your Rights: Turning 18

The age of majority in South Africa is 18 years of age.

You and Your Rights: School Fees

All children have the legal right to a basic education. Section 9 of the South African constitution says no school can discriminate against any child for any reason including ethnic or social origin, colour, age, religion, conscience, belief, culture...

You and Your Rights: Maintenance

Child maintenance is the ongoing legal obligation of parents to make regular payments to sustain a child or children (often after a divorce). All children have the right to receive maintenance even if the parents were never married.

You and Your Rights: Legal Rights of Teenagers

The age of majority in South Africa is 18 years of age. Before you turn 18 you are still considered a child. However, a child is able to legally perform certain acts and enter into certain agreements before he or she becomes an adult at the age of 18 year

You and Your Rights: Foster Care

Section 28 of the South African Constitution says that “every child has the right to … family care or parental care, or to appropriate alternative care when removed from the family environment.”

You and Your Rights: Children and the Criminal Justice System

The Child Justice Act creates a unique and separate criminal justice system for children. The Act places an increased emphasis on restorative justice as well as on the rehabilitation and re-integration of children.

You and Your Rights: Constitutional Rights

Section 28 of the South African Constitution says .. (1) Every child has the right: (a) to a name and a nationality from birth; (b) to family care or parental care, or to appropriate alternative care when removed from the family environment; ...

You and Your Rights: Adoption

Adoption is when a family or someone other than the child’s biological parents or legal guardian applies to become the legal guardians and parents of the child and to keep the child permanently. Adoption is a permanent situation and the child who is adopt

You and Your Rights: Child Support Grant

The Child Support Grant is monthly income support to adults in need, who care for children who are under the age of 18. Parents and primary caregivers qualify for the Child Support Grant if their child is born on or after 31 December 1993.

You and Your Rights: Foster Child Grant

The Foster Child Grant is monthly income support to adults who have fostered children (under the age of 18).