Laws protect children from law enforcement.

In a victory for children’s rights, the Constitutional Court confirmed the arrest and detention of a child by police should be an absolute last resort.

Eleven judges of the Constitutional Court last week said that any SAPS officer who has a run-in with a child must comply with the Bill of Rights regarding children’s rights and they must thus think twice before they arrest and detain a child (under 18).

Cops who flouted this law could later face a damages claim.