Thembi Skhosana from Kwaggafontein has three children, 8, 12 and 13 years respectively. She has not been receiving adequate support from the father of the children, Mandla. He says he is unemployed and and cannot pay maintenance. What options does Thembi have? Both parents have a legal duty to financially support their children. A primary caregiver has the right to apply to a maintenance court for an official demand that the other parent contribute monthly to the support of the child. Read more
The Child Support Grant is an important instrument of social protection in South Africa. The government financially assists parents and care givers with the monthly grant of R350 when parents do not earn enough to support the family or are unemployed. But what happens when the money is not going to the children? How can the payment be cancelled and given to the person who has the best interest for the children?
“I have two protection orders and he still follows me to work”- How can a protection order assist you?
Grace Sithole from Middelburg has two protection orders out against her ex-husband; she has moved to a different town in order to protect herself. Regardless he still managed to follow her, he went to her work place and pointed a gun at her whilst at work.
I drive into Kwaggafontein, Mpumalanga – down the main stretch of road – and the potpourri of small businesses is exciting and overwhelming. They lurch out into the road selling crisps, car tyres and beer. I ask for directions to the court and I’m told it is in the road that’s parallel which contains a similar mini-city, this time of justice-based services.