Director of Molo Songololo Patric Solomons said: “It’s crucial for NGOs to be involved in this appointment, because this is a historical occasion and it’s vital that we make the right effort to find the right person.”
Two weeks ago an advertisement for a children’s commissioner from the provincial parliament’s standing committee on social development was published in various newspapers. The advert is calling for nominations for the appointment of the Western Cape Commissioner for Children.
Solomons asked the committee what was being done to inform Western Cape children about this call for nominations. “What specific processes have been developed and decided to facilitate for children to make their own nominations? And what was decided to inform children and involve them in the overall appointment process, and how they can participate?
“It’s also vital for NGOs to keep the children informed about the process to find the right, skilled and hard-working individual. Children do have the right to participate, and we’ve asked the standing committee what they are going to do to ensure that children get a say, but they have once again neglected the children,” he said.