Melcom Oosthuizen

According to the recent STATS SA “Survey of Activities of Young People” dated 16 March 2017, the percentages relating to the presence of parents in the household is quite alarming. According to the study, the figures are as follows:

  • 34,5% of households are headed by both parents;
  • 36,7% of households are headed by only the mother;
  • 3,5% of households are headed by only the father;
  • 18% of households are headed by neither parents despite both parents being alive;
  • 7, 3% have no parents.

Naturally the statistics do not explain the finer details for the divided households. Many factors can contribute to the results including, but not limited to divorces, unmarried couples in serious and/or casual relationships. However, it is clear that only 38% of households have an active and participating father as opposed to 71.2 % of households wherein a mother is active in the household.

South African law has developed drastically over the years, specifically pertaining to rights of fathers. With the recent introduction of the Children’s Act, Act 38 of 2005, South Africa cemented themselves as forerunners of children’s rights and the rights of fathers (both married and unmarried). This has been proven time and time again in our courts with the courts confirming the importance of a child’s relationship with his / her father.

I implore fathers, in the best interest of their current and/or future children, to remain active and ensure that they provide a sound legacy for years to come for their children.

Contact our offices for your consultation with our team to assist you in ensuring that you maintain a strong and healthy relationship with your children.

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