Asked by J. Lakey on 18-11-2021 09:21:44
Question posted in the General Law category relating to Western Cape
I have two questions that I hope you can answer for me.
In 2007 my then 13-year old son got in trouble with the law for shoplifting. A social worker was assigned to him. A recommendation was made that he qualified for diversion. He was sent to a Youth Care and Education Centre, where he excelled and finally left in 2009 to return to mainstream school and ultimately finish his grade 12 in 2012. He started working immediately after leaving school and has been permanently employed ever since. A few years back his company initiated a vetting process including checking for a criminal record. They reported that my son has a marker against his name, but they are unable to determine what it is or what it was for. My understanding of this is it’s because he was still a minor when he was sent to the Youth Care and Education Centre and thus the records are sealed. Am I correct in this understanding?
Currently he is applying for positions in the public service sector. For one such posts he was nominated. After the vetting was done however, the nomination was retracted. My second question is: Does he have a criminal record as an adult because of what happened when he was 13?
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