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A Father’s Rights on this Father’s Day

Today, 20 June 2021, I celebrate the fathers out there, the dads – the men that take care of their business and work tirelessly to provide, love and care for their children. You are all heroes!

Sadly, given the status quo in our country, with so many children growing up without their father’s being an active part of their lives, I can’t help but feel that we as a nation have failed them. There are many reasons for children growing up without an active father figure, that role model guiding them through life’s challenges. Whatever that reason, it doesn’t change the fact that a child needs, and has the legal right to, both parents working toward their care, maintenance and upbringing. Many single fathers also simply don’t know their rights and responsibilities. Here are a few highlights to keep in mind:

  • Unless ordered by the court, it is the joint responsibility of both parents to raise and care for a child – it is also that child’s right.

  • Children have a right to both their parents, regardless of the dynamic of the parental relationship, such as being separated, divorced and who has custody.


If you would like to watch a live dialogue by Minister Lindiwe Zulu on the rights of fathers and the protection of children, see the details below:

Members of the media are invited to cover the virtual dialogue scheduled as follows:

Date: Sunday 20 June 2021

Time: 9h00

Venue: Virtual

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84240476571 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKCziUvIpeeZYCzqlx5KQuw 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SocialDevelopmentZA 


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