Cape Town - The Western Cape's minister of social development, Albert Fritz, has condemned the "steam rolling" of recent amendments to the Children's Act.
In a statement released on Monday, Fritz said the amendments would make it illegal for anyone to charge fees for professional adoptive services, which would put a halt to adoptions in South Africa and abroad.
Fritz said the amendments would ensure that only state social workers, who were already inundated with cases and untrained in adoptions, would be able to facilitate adoptions.
"This would have the effect of putting an end to adoptions in our province altogether as accredited child protection organisations, adoptive social workers, lawyers, psychologists and other associated professionals will not be able to charge for their expertise, not even to reclaim costs," he said.
"Whilst the Weekend Argus reports that the national [Department of Social Development] will absorb the costs of adoptions, the reality is that its social workers will not have the time to facilitate adoption and that the cost of expertise will place too great a burden on the state."
Fritz said that according to Katinka Pieterse, the chairperson of the National Adoption Coalition of South Africa (NACSA), the amendments to Sections 249 and 259 were only included in the third gazetted amendment on 29 October 2018.