College of Law and Management Studies

The Navi Pillay Research Group (NRPG) in collaboration with the Children’s Rights Research Interest Group (CRRIG) at UKZN’s School of Law hosted a one-day colloquium themed: Children at the Heart of Social Justice.

Presenters covered issues impacting on children such discipline; Gender-Based Violence; cyber-bullying; the protection of personal information in the digital space; treatment by the justice system, and sexual and reproductive rights.

Also debated were the treatment of refugee children and the protection of the rights of disabled youngsters.

Speakers at the conference included Mr Clement Marumoagae of the University of Witwatersrand, Ms Thandeka Duma of Lawyers for Human Rights, Mr Stanley Malematja of the Right2Protest Project, and Ms Nicci Whitear-Nel, Ms Willene Holness, Dr Lee Swales, Ms Dusty-Lee Donelly, Dr Norah Msuya, Professor Ann Strode and Dr Brigette Clark – all of UKZN’s School of Law.

Clark’s keynote address was titled: Why Can’t I Discipline my Child Properly? Banning Corporal Punishment and its Consequences, which examined the issue in the light of recent research into the effects on children of corporal punishment in the home and subsequent developments in the country. It also addressed the pros and cons of the ruling against corporal punishment and how it can be enforced in South African homes.

Dean and Head of School of Law, Professor Managay Reddi said: ‘We formally launched the NRPG in August last year and established the research group’s status as a collection of scholars with diverse research interests and agendas, but with one common goal which is: To promote the wellbeing of humankind primarily through the framework of the law. Today’s colloquium reflects this goal beautifully by focusing on issues of critical significance to the most important component of humankind, namely, our children.

‘Colloquia like today’s gathering are important initiatives as they cover the wide gambit of problems facing our children that need to be resolved urgently. I am therefore delighted to warmly welcome you to today’s colloquium as I am confident you will find every one of the presentations interesting and a source of useful recommendations aimed at achieving social justice for all,’ said Reddi.

Words: Lungile Ngubelanga
Photograph: Andile Ndlovu