Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo
2 minute read
2 Jul 2020
5:30 am

Why settle for the bare minimum in child support?

Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo

How can someone think it okay to send R1 000 a month while they drive a sleek German car and pay exorbitant amounts of money for rent in affluent areas?

Dad holding child's hand. Picture: getty Images

The battle has once again been brought to centre stage, a contest of responsibilities thrown around on social media and parents shamed for their expectations from their parenting partners. The issue is child maintenance and the rands and cents required to provide for the children we bore. When Mbali Mlotshwa was alleged to have requested hundreds of thousands in child support, the peanut gallery was there, ready and waiting to toss in their 50 cents worth. While many applauded her boldness, there remained those who thought her demands were exorbitant. Why? We continue to have conversations regarding the provision for...