The Department of Employment and Labour has slammed child labour as appalling and unacceptable. This follows an inspection in Marabastad recently where the department’s National Roving Team discovered a child working in a shop. A child was rescued from hard labour when police officers raided a factory in Marabastad, Pretoria on Monday. 

The Department of Employment and Labour said in a statement that the mother of the child and the employer were arrested during the raid for allowing a minor to work at the factory.

“The Department would like to emphasise that employing children to do inappropriate work is a criminal offence and when it comes to child labour and other violations of labour laws, the Department will leave no stone unturned,” the statement read. Citizens are encouraged to play an active role by reporting cases of child labour to the department and SAPS.

The department, which promised to address the violation of children’s rights, said an investigation into the employment of the minor has been launched. The raid at the factory came a few months after the country observed the Child Protection Week in May.“Children must attend school and not be assigned inappropriate work. The department takes child labour very seriously and wishes to convey a message that employing children must be prohibited.”

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