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Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997 (Act No. 75 of 1997)

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Sectoral Determination 6 : Private Security Sector, South Africa

21. Prohibition of employment of children


(1) No person may employ a child—
(a) who is under 15 years of age; or
(b) who is under the minimum school-leaving age in terms of any law, if this is 15 or older.


(2) No person may employ a child in employment—
(a) that is inappropriate for a person at that age; or
(b) that places at risk the child’s well-being, education, physical or mental health, or spiritual, moral or social development.


(3) A person who employs a child in contravention of sub clause (1) or (2) commits an offence.