MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


Child Labour Must Be Eradicated

01 August July 2013    

  

 

The IFP calls upon the Minister of Labour to mark the National Day against Child Labour by being pro-active in ensuring that child labour practices are eradicated.

 

IFP Spokesperson on Labour, Mr Albert Mncwango (MP) said, “Child labour is especially rife within our rural communities, and it undermines a child's physical, mental and spiritual development. It also interferes with their schooling and sometimes parents force the children to leave school entirely in order to work full time. Heavy penalties and possible imprisonment must be some of the consequences awaiting employers who use child labourers.”

 

The prevention and elimination of child labour should be an integral part of every education policy world wide.

 

“Where geographical conditions prove to be major obstacles, both the education and labour ministers must work together to provide schools and labour oversight within these communities to ensure that children are not forced to work but are encouraged to learn. Providing no-fee schools is an alternative that the education department can look at when battling this crisis,” said Mncwango.

 

The IFP also calls on the Minister to mobilize all sectors of society so as to bring child labour to an end.

 

 

Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Labour, Mr Albert Mncwango,MP, 083 448 4896

 

Or contact: 

IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675