Committee on The Rights of The Child Background Information According to the requirements of the United Nations Convention on The Rights of The Child (CRC), countries that have ratified the convention submit their first report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of The Child (UNCRC), two years after ratification. Thereafter, CRC reports are submitted every five years to the UNCRC.
South African Parliament ratified the United Nations Convention on the Right in 1995. The South African Government deposited the initial CRC Country Report with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in November 1997.
In line with the provisions of Article 45 of the CRC, a total of 250 community organisations throughout the country unanimously agreed that this sector produce a Supplementary CRC Report to the UN, and that the National Children’s Rights Committee (NCRC) facilitate the process that would produce this report.
The South African government did a commendable job in involving civil society in the country’s report process. It is also remarkable how this report informs on what South Africa has achieved in terms of the national constitution, legislation and national policy since the new dispensation. However, this report omits to provide pertinent information on current practice or status regarding children’s rights delivery in the country. The danger, therefore, is that South African society may overlook issues that have the potential to stifle social change regarding the survival, protection and development of children in Black1communities, and especially African communities. The purpose of the Supplementary CRC Report is, therefore:
To provide pertinent additional information where gaps in the country report are identified.
Table civil society’s additional recommendations regarding children’s rights delivery and performance monitoring in South Africa.
Produce a document that will guide reconstruction and development initiatives of the children’s rights movement in South Africa.
Each of South Africa’s nine Provinces had a task team overseeing the supplementary report process, and a national task team was established to consolidate and co-ordinate activities. Members of the provincial task teams were representatives of community organisations, and the national task team was constituted by representatives of national organisations.
The National Children’s Rights Committee (NCRC) national office provided the basis for activities of supplementary report processes at national level, while at provincial level, various organisations supported provincial activities.
Acknowledgements The NCRC Board of Trustees and the National and Provincial Task Teams wish to acknowledge the following organisations and individuals for their contribution to the production of the First South African CRC Supplementary Report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.