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Court delivers good news for single fathers

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The Eastern Cape high court’s declaration that certain sections of the Births and Death Registration Act are unconstitutional and invalid means single fathers can finally register their children without permission from their mothers.


21 May 2020
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Court delivers good news for single fathers

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The Eastern Cape High Court this week delivered a landmark judgment declaring part of the Births and Death Registration Act unconstitutional and invalid. While it still has to be confirmed by the Constitutional Court, the judgment paves the way for a single father to be able to register his child’s birth without the mother having to be present or give her permission. In its current form, section 10 of the act only provides for a child born out of wedlock to be registered under his or her father’s name at the joint request of both parents or with the written...

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