Negligent parents warned: You can get up to 10 years in prison

A child law expert has warned parents that child neglect can result in prison time.

A 30-year-old Mitchells Plain father was arrested this week after his two daughters died in a fire on Tuesday.

The girls, aged six months and three years old, died in a Wendy house at around 3 am.

According to police, the parents had left the children at home without any supervision. The man has been charged with child neglect.

Karabo Ozah, Deputy Director of the Centre for Child Law, explains what the Children's Act says about parental care.

In the Children's Act, neglect of a child is defined as a failure to exercise parental responsibilities in providing for the child's physical, intellectual, emotional or social needs.

Karabo Ozah, attorney and Deputy Director of the Centre for Child Law

A failure to physically look after your child and make sure that they're safe is a failure to care for them and amounts to neglect.

Karabo Ozah, attorney and Deputy Director of the Centre for Child Law

You can get up to 10 years in prison for child neglect.

Karabo Ozah, attorney and Deputy Director of the Centre for Child Law

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