Thousands of child maintenance defaulters are still off the hook despite an amendment of the Maintenance Act last year which would have had them blacklisted.
So far 17,000 cases have been registered under the amended act, with 6,500 criminal cases opened.
Another 6000 cases were finalised under Section 26 of that Law. However, those 6000 cases now hang in the balance because of the delay.
Assistance director for maintenance in the Department of Justice, Advocate Mulalo Netshisaulu, says in cases where people have failed to comply with the court order, the complainant may approach the court.
Netshisaulu says complainants must provide details of the order to maintenance officers so investigations on defaulters can be pursued.
If there is an order that says he must pay a specific amount then that person must comply with that court order.— Advocate Mulalo Netshisaulu, assistance director for maintenance in the Department of Justice
Maintenance Act provides for defaulters to be dealt with through different ways, including execution of property and prosecution.
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