'SA has one of the highest rates of absent fathers in sub-Saharan Africa'

On Monday the office of the Statistician General released the 2017 report which presents information on recorded live births in the country.

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South Africa has one of the highest rates of absent fathers in sub-Saharan Africa and according to released figures 897 750 of the registered birth occurrences in South Africa, 62% of births have no father's details.

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa, Statistician-General of South Africa Risenga Maluleke says it is not the job of the Statisticians-General to assess policies in South Africa.

All we do is to make the numbers and illuminate the numbers and make them available. And those that are in the policy space can assess the policies.

Risenga Maluleke, Statistician-General of South Africa

He adds that the report that was released is the information that is not registered on the Home Affairs database where mothers go and register their children.

Because there is a law that says within 30 days, register your child after birth, but even then there are delays and 62% of the children's information showed the fathers not being there.

Risenga Maluleke, Statistician-General of South Africa

That is a large number and that number goes beyond 500 000 to be exact, we are talking about 564 298 children born or registered in 2017 whose fathers information was not on the form.

Risenga Maluleke, Statistician-General of South Africa

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