South Africa 16.4.2015 10:09 am

Pay child maintenance or be blacklisted: DA

The DA on Wednesday gathered outside parliament to submit a national petition on an issue which they said directly affects 9 million children in South Africa who grow up in single parent households.

In a statement, the DA said nearly half of South Africa’s children, 48%, have a living parent who is absent from their lives. They went on to say that there have been thousands of cases where the absent parent was not held accountable by the law to honour their financial obligations to their children.

“That is why we are here today [Wednesday] to launch a national petition in support of black-listing child maintenance defaulters.”

The Democratic Alliance Women’s Network (DAWN) Interim Leader Denise Robinson and other DA activists believe that a successful nation is built on strong, stable family structures.

“The family unit is the most important nucleus in society. Committed parents provide the support and guidance that children need to succeed.

“Children who grow up in single parent households are more likely to be born into poverty, especially if the mother is still a teenager. Due to circumstances, these children are more vulnerable to substance abuse and being drawn into risky sexual behaviour.”

The Child Maintenance Amendment Bill will give effect to credit regulation changes, clause 11 of this Bill allows for the black-listing of defaulters. The Bill is currently being discussed in parliament

“When we last gathered here at parliament to protest maintenance defaulting, we were in talks with credit bureaus and government to make black-listing possible. Through the DA’s pressure, we successfully changed credit regulations to enable the black-listing of defaulters.”

“We call on all South Africans to support this cause and unite for the sake of our children.”

Findings:

* There was no compliance to the finance policy by the finance committee.
* Income and expenditure: KMPG identified that the school appointed a debt collection company to handle collection of school fees but could not find evidence to support that a competitive process was followed in the appointment of the debt collecting company.
* Based on the available evidence, there were no quotations for majority of the expenditure incurred – KMPG requested quotations but have not received them until the date of the report.
*The cheque requisitions were not approved by relevant individuals – the possibility exists that there was no review of the expenditure incurred prior to approval of payments.
*The finance policy stipulates that the threshold for petty cash is R3 000, KPMG noted that for the period of 2013\14 with the exemption of two months, petty cash exceeded the authorised threshold of R 3000.

 

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