IFP Strongly Condemns Michael Waters’ Claims

17th September 2013    


The IFP would like to strongly condemn the claim by the DA spokesperson on Social Development, Mr Michael Waters that the IFP, with other Parties, voted against an amendment which sought to ensure that all people convicted of attempted rape would appear on the Child Protection Register and be prevented from working with Children. 


IFP Spokesperson on Social Development, Ms Helen Makhuba said, “I strongly condemn Mr Waters’ false and malicious allegations. He knows very well that in the committee his amendment was noted and it was agreed that it is going to be added with other amendments that still needed to made to the Children’s Act.


There are many amendments that need to be made to the Bill in question. The Committee was not just going to immediately effect Mr Waters’ amendment just because it is from the DA.” 


Makhuba continued, “We did not oppose his amendment, as he falsely alleges, in his letter in The Times of today, 17 September 2013. The majority of the Committee agreed that all amendments should be done all at once and it was noted that these amendments are urgent.” 


In The Committee’s report it is stated that, “The Committee noted the department’s explanation that these amendments are urgent and will not have financial implications for the department or any stakeholder involved. The amendments will facilitate implementation of the Act and alleviate challenges experienced by service providers.” 


The Committee is of the opinion that it should not proceed with the proposed legislation because the department is yet to introduce the amendment bill to Parliament. The amendment bill will contain other amendments, including amendments to section 120 (4) and (5) (which is the amendment Mr Waters proposed), that will address certain implementation and legislative challenges of the Act. It will wait for the formal referral of the amendment bill.” 


The IFP vehemently rejects any suggestion that we would ever put the children of South Africa at any risk of sex offenders. We support any initiatives aimed at protecting children against child abuse. In fact, the IFP President and its Women’s’ Brigade have a proud legacy of protecting children and women in particular since our inception in 1975, and even before that.



Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Social Development, Ms Helen Makhuba, 073 268 3063


Or contact:

IFP Parliamentary Caucus Media Liaison Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252