The government has released a statement announcing that the Portfolio Committee on Social Development has rejected the ECD clauses provided in the Children’s Amendment Bill.
The government took to Twitter on Sunday, 7 March 2021, to populate a statement on behalf of the Department of Social Development. The statement was to share the outcomes of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development’s meeting on the suggested amendments relating to Early Childhood Development (ECD) in the Children’s Amendment Bill.
The statement confirmed that the committee rejected the ECD clauses provided in the Children’s Amendment Bill. According to the statement, “In order to comply with the court judgment and to correct the stated defect, which resulted from the lack of consultation prior to introducing the bill, Gungubele said the committee was advised that it could reject the aspects of the bill that are defective and proceed to process the rest of the provisions of the bill.”
As such, the Department of Social Development (DSD) will set up a technical team to look at the ECD-related clauses and suggest a way forward. The meetings are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 9 March 2021; Wednesday, 10 March 2021; and Friday, 19 March 2021.
See the post below.
The Portfolio Committee on Social Development has rejected the clauses which provide for Early Childhood Development in the Children’s Amendment Bill https://t.co/XluoBvagDY #childrensrights pic.twitter.com/by2NTh3zFj
— @SAgovnews (@SAgovnews) March 8, 2021