Breaking the cycle of absent fathers in children's lives

South Africa's widespread occurrence of absent fathers has a negative effect on children and how they develop through various stages of their lives.

This is backed up by research conducted by the Centre for Social Development in Africa and the Sonke Gender Justice Project. The studies explored what fatherhood means, and the causes and consequences of absent fathers,both on fathers themselves as well as their children.

As the country just celebrated Father's Day, 702's Azania Mosaka invited listeners to share their thoughts about father's and children who were not able to be together on this special day.

Listen to the conversation below:

What affects the relationship with any child is the acrimonious legal system that children get dragged into that result in traumatic separations.

Keleme, caller in Joburg

It's something that we need to deal with as a community. In some instances, you find that fathers want to be part of the upbringing of the young one but mothers don't want to.

Moshere, caller in Pretoria

I grew up without my father...It used to be so painful and I think it has affected me. Now I have my son and the father doesn't want to be pat of his life. I don't want him to feel the pain I went through.

Evidoa, caller in Springs

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