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.
IFP Spokesperson on Labour, Mr Albert
Mncwango,MP, 083 448 4896
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison
Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675