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October 22, 2004

Maintenance problems still there despite Act

Despite the passing of the new Maintenance Act 99 of 1998, mothers are still struggling to obtain maintenance from the fathers of their children. So says a report on the Mail & Guardian Online site, which examines the problems experienced by women who have to resort to legal action at the Johannesburg Family Court. In terms of the Act garnishee orders can be obtained, but even this is problematic. Bhekinkosi Moyo of Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre, says her research has shown that 33% of respondents ordered to pay by emolument orders had changed jobs. No sooner had garnishee orders been implemented than the respondent left the company and the process of tracking him down and getting another order had to start afresh.


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