Source: (1999) in CJ Davel (ed) Children’s Rights in a Transitional Society, published by Protea Books, Pretoria, 1999.

A paper prepared for the conference on "Children’s Rights in a transitional society" held by the Centre for Child Law, University of Pretoria, 30 October 1998. In describing the unfinished journey of juvenile justice reform in South Africa this paper will identify and examine three major themes which have influenced the process of law reform; children’s rights, restorative justice and political will. The paper then poses the question as to whether these fundamental influences still hold weight, or whether they are giving way to the political imperative of crime control.