The new law cracking down on child maintenance defaulters comes into effect on Friday.
President Jacob Zuma and the Justice Department updated key sections of the Maintenance Amendment Act in an effort to bring maintenance dodgers to book.
The Justice Department's Western Cape region head Advocate Hishaam Mohamed explains the new laws:
- parents who default will have their personal information submitted to credit bureaus
- defaulters will face being blacklisted
- courts can order network service providers to share contact details for tracing defaulters
- maintenance beneficiaries may now lodge applications in areas where they work, not only where they live
- courts can place an interim order while waiting for the final outcome
- cost orders can be granted even if child maintenance defaulters are absent from court proceedings
- courts can impose three years imprisonment without option of a fine for continued defaulters
This will prevent defaulters from continuing to receive credit while they owe immanence.— Hishaam Mohamed, Provincial Head at Western Cape Department Of Justice
Meanwhile, child maintenance activist Felicity Guest has called into question how the department will ensure the proper implementation of the new laws.
Take a listen to the in-depth discussion and debate:
Also take a listen to Deputy Justice Minister John Jeffery explain:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 7 ways the new child maintenance law cracks down on defaulters