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Title:Juvenile delinquency in Botswana and the 1981 children's act
Author:Otlhogile, Bojosi
Periodical:The Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa
Geographic term:Botswana
Subject:juvenile delinquency
Abstract:To define juvenile delinquency in Botswana as the child's maladjustment to community standards would do an injustice to Botswana youth. Rather, it is the State which has failed to provide for the child's wholesome development. Two factors in Botswana's educational system in particular have contributed to juvenile delinquency: free education at primary school level, and the disintegration of the brigades system. Until recently, no special provision was made for dealing with juvenile delinquents. In 1981, the legislature intervened by enacting the Children's Act, a replica with minor modification of the English Children and Young Persons Act of 1969. It has done little but create a special category of 'criminals', namely, 'juvenile delinquents', while the procedures of the juvenile courts provided for in the Act appear to be in clear conflict with the due process provisions of the Botswana constitution. Notes, ref.