WMACA and Eversheds Sutherland join forces to fight against child abuse

WMACA and Eversheds Sutherland join forces to fight against child abuse
03 Jun 2019

Women & Men Against Child Abuse and Eversheds Sutherland in South Africa are extremely honoured to announce their partnership and the establishment of a Child Law Clinic during Child Protection Week in our joint quest to improve the plight of abused children in South Africa.

This collaboration between Eversheds Sutherland and WMACA will allow the organization’s Advocacy arm the opportunity to challenge legislation and legal proceedings more effectively; thereby raising the bar on efficient child protection in South Africa.

Women & Men Against Child Abuse is an NGO that was established in 1997 as an advocacy organization, fighting for the rights of abused children and highlighting inadequacies in the justice system.

The group raises awareness about the many and complicated issues around child abuse and its effects on the victims and focuses on highlighting inadequacies in the justice system. WMACA provide free medical and psycho social treatment to child victims of abuse at their Kidz Clinics in Alexandra and Boksburg . They also provide prevention, diversion and education programmes around child abuse to the communities in which they operate.

Peter van Niekerk, Managing Partner of the South Africa office comments:

“Eversheds Sutherland has a track record of creating partnerships with progressive entities – Women & Men Against Child Abuse embodies that same spirit but applies it to a cause that we too, feel passionate about. There is a long road ahead, but we’ve taken the first step in a new direction”.

Child abuse statistics in South Africa remain woefully under-reported, with a huge number of cases simply not being reported for a lack of knowledge and fear of tedious and drawn out court cases; a sad reflection of the current justice system in South Africa.

Through this partnership we hope to assist child victims, continue our ongoing education of the general public and leave a legacy which includes progressing our legislative agenda for the sake of children’s rights.

Miranda Jordan, Founding Director of WMACA also commented:

“We are extremely grateful that our efforts to combat child abuse will now benefit from the expertise that a partnership with a prestigious law firm such as Eversheds Sutherland will bring to WMACA . This is not just a meeting of minds, but we have the potential to deal even more comprehensively with child abuse and the Criminal Justice system now”.

For further information or comments, please contact:

Miranda Jordan – WMACA Founding Director

Tel. 011 789 8815

See also: Should minors be identified after turning 18?

 

(This article is provided for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. For more information on the topic, please contact the author/s or the relevant provider.)
Peter van Niekerk
Peter van Niekerk

Peter van Niekerk is the Managing Partner and head of Eversheds Sutherland's litigation department. He specialises in commercial litigation, insurance, construction, and employment law. Peter has served as an Assessor in the High Court as well as a Commissioner of the Small Claims Court. He has also acted as a mediator and arbitrator in commercial, labour and matrimonial disputes and has received a band 3 rating for Dispute Resolution Lawyers in South Africa and is listed in the Chambers Legal Directory. Peter headed the legal team that received one billion rand in the settlement of a case of breach of contract, in favour of two pension funds - this is believed to be one of the largest settlement awards in South African legal history. Peter is on the board for Women and Men Against Child Abuse (WMACA). He has over 35 years' litigation experience and was voted best lawyer in the category: Arbitration and Litigation, in Business Day's Business Law and Tax Review. Peter was recently nominated and recognised in the Acritas Stars Survey in 2018 as a stand-out lawyer by clients that were independently surveyed and now features in the Acritas Stars database.

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