Premier Dodges DA Maintenance Motion

Patricia Mokgohlwa MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Women

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has blatantly ignored the plight of women in the province by failing to implement the DA motion that was passed in the Gauteng Legislature last year.

In a written response to my question regarding the implementation of the motion, the Premier clearly states that maintenance defaulters in the province are dealt with by the courts, adding the provincial government has no ability to enforce maintenance orders.

This contradicts the motion that was adopted late last year.

The motion resolves that the Gauteng Provincial Government works with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and with law enforcement agencies to ensure that child maintenance is properly enforced through various means including the use of road blocks.

Furthermore, that an awareness campaign was to be considered to inform parents of their rights and responsibilities with regard to maintenance payments for children.

The figures reflect a dire need for intervention. There are currently 1549 outstanding warrants of arrest for maintenance defaulters in the province.

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