Only 33% of SA kids live with both parents

2013-03-11 12:42

Johannesburg - Only 33% of children in South Africa live with both their parents, the SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) said on Monday.

SAIRR said its recent survey showed that only a third of the country's children lived with their parents and the rest lived with single parents, on their own, with relatives or in foster care.

Just over 39% of children live with their mothers only. About 4% live with their fathers only.

Eight percent of children lived with their grandparents, great aunts or uncles, but without their own parents.

Child-headed households, where the oldest resident is younger than 18 years old, accommodate 0.5% of children.

The remaining 16% of children included those living in care homes and with relatives other than their biological parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.

‘Kids more likely to have problems’

Thuthukani Ndebele, a researcher at SAIRR said the living arrangements of children could have an impact on their future.

"Those who live without both parents are often more vulnerable to poverty and unemployment, and may also be exposed to various forms of abuse," he said.

Ndebele said SAIRR previous research suggested children who live without both their parents may be more likely to have behavioural problems or even turn to crime.

"Children living with both parents are statistically less likely to become teenage parents or drug and alcohol abusers, and perform better at school," he said.

Apart from burdening the elderly, the absence of parents could also contribute to an increasing state welfare bill, Ndebele said.

"For example, foster care grant beneficiaries increased more than tenfold, from just over 53 000 in 2001 to nearly 600 000 in 2011/12."

In 2011/12, foster care grants cost the government R442m, Ndebele said.

  • junior.mahlo.9 - 2013-03-11 12:54

    To everyone who left their kids please go back and take care of them and remmeber money is not good enough, kids needs you as a father/mother figure

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2013-03-11 16:21

      So how many of Zuma’s kids are drifting around out there again? The ones outside of wedlock that is... what is that word again? Wonder if Zuma’s actual kids even now his face... apart for the cartoons of course. What a nice role model.

      Tums Down - 2013-03-11 17:08

      This, as sad and difficult as it may be to believe, is the OUTCOME OF OPRESSION!!!it is teh norm for fathers to leave their families in the "Homeland" whilst they go and work in the city!!! - Thank you old regime, you have succeeded in making our children suffer!!!

      Juanne-pierre De Abreu - 2013-03-11 17:25

      Before the birth of Christ, about 1000BC, one of the best inventions was invented which can help with this situation. It's name, the condom.

      Juanne-pierre De Abreu - 2013-03-11 17:27

      And after all of this, is really having two dads all that bad? At least they both will be around to provide real parenting.

      Douglas Hollis - 2013-03-11 21:14

      Insightful, thanks Sadick.

      womba.wonder - 2013-03-12 05:34

      Many of those who have "left" their kids are actually dead.

      womba.wonder - 2013-03-12 05:36

      Tums, the "old system" (compulsory migrant labour) ended long before any of these kids was born.

  • ulandi.potgieter - 2013-03-11 13:00

    Oh Well then us parents who are still a couple must be doing a good job then.

      leroy.reynolds.353 - 2013-03-11 13:11

      you and the rest are what brings hopes for our future! our children are the leaders of tomorrow....

      ulandi.potgieter - 2013-03-11 13:40

      Thank you :-)

  • Gieljam Gomtor - 2013-03-11 13:05

    The culture of creating babies without thinking and then believing someone else must and is going to look after them is really to blame and not the BOSSA NOVA..

  • Lungelo Khumalo - 2013-03-11 13:09

    The headline talks about kids living with Both parents.. Not parents who neglect their kids..There are parents who mantain their children while not living with them..

      Be Elsworth - 2013-03-11 16:01

      Maintaining your children from a distance? U mean paying for their keep? Who is reading them bedtime stories? Who is helping them with homework? Who are their parental role models, showing them by example how to treat others with respect? Who is comforting them when they are bullied by other kids/have nightmares/graze their knees? Who is teaching them about the dangers of drugs/sex etc? Why have you abandoned your children? Maintenance money does NOT equate to good parenting.

      Juanne-pierre De Abreu - 2013-03-11 16:43

      @be elsworth snap. You said it.

      Lungelo Khumalo - 2013-03-11 17:13

      Be!.. I understand your point and you are quite correct. It's a sad reality that some relationships do not work and an arrangement is reached that the kids live with one parent. That does'nt necessarily meant you don't See them.. I take my boy to and from school everyday and I don't live with him...

  • Jason Ugolini - 2013-03-11 13:15

    That explains why South Africa is such a screwed up society.

      Kiddo - 2013-03-11 15:46

      I think the ANC explains why we are a screwed up society Jason!

      Mnyama White - 2013-03-11 15:51

      Google 'Iceland'. Read the articles. Do some sincere thinking. Tip : Sincere thinking does not always equal political correctness.

      Juanne-pierre De Abreu - 2013-03-11 16:48

      @mnyama what are you talking about...? So I read the articles: no horses on the island so Lord of the Ring was shot in New Zealand. Bjork is from there. And there are hot springs. Now what? I'm thinking, sincerely. That bjork should release a new album. Sincerely.

  • kosie.nel.14 - 2013-03-11 13:16

    The new biology - one sex parenting - main reason why the jails are 150% full. Unwanted pregnancies should be terminated by law! Why, oh why, has nature not set an entry exam for would be mothers and fathers??

      womba.wonder - 2013-03-12 05:39

      Unwanted pregnancies should be terminated by choice or by incentive, not by compulsion. (But the anti-abortion bleaters will object very strenuously.)

      Leslie Mc Ewan Clemence - 2013-03-12 08:19

      You can not just kill unplanned babies, rather prevent the pregnancies. It is much cheaper and far more ethical. Only give grants to people who can prove that they are on contraceptives.

  • moseshi.malatjie - 2013-03-11 13:18

    only 33% of SA kids leave with both of their Parents. it's a shock. men & women let's be responsible and accountable, it's on us to creat a conducive environment for thier well-being. shout out to the fathers and mothers who do not abondon their kids.

  • Ian Robert Reid - 2013-03-11 13:31

    Don't worry about the marriage thing just shunt around ~ new S.A.

      Juanne-pierre De Abreu - 2013-03-11 16:51

      It's called a condom, that'll curb the problem. Not marriage.

  • Ayanda Sithole - 2013-03-11 13:53

    what about the stepchild born inside the marriage.

      Be Elsworth - 2013-03-11 16:03

      Why is a stepchild different to any other children?

      womba.wonder - 2013-03-12 05:41

      A stepchild "born inside the marriage" isn't a stepchild, but a child. A stepchild is one born inside a different marriage or even outside the present marriage.

  • deon.duplessis.144 - 2013-03-11 14:10

    shocking indeed. It would be interesting to see what the "world trend" is on this one

      Mnyama White - 2013-03-11 15:53

      Google 'Iceland'. Welcome to the real world. No where was the problem again?

      Juanne-pierre De Abreu - 2013-03-11 16:54

      @Mnyama the problem came in when bjork went on a world tour an didn't release an album for about four years. but i read she is back on it. Don't worry mate.

  • Truth.speak - 2013-03-11 14:29

    This is the root cause of many of our problems. Don't have children if you cannot give them a proper home no matter how simple.

  • vincent.maadi - 2013-03-11 15:05

    Give us a breakdown according to races.

      ulandi.potgieter - 2013-03-11 15:12

      For what?

      Juanne-pierre De Abreu - 2013-03-11 16:56

      Wahaha. Funny how the institute on race relations don't issue the relations to race. I'm not saying it's important, I'm not saying it's not... I'm just saying.

      Fiqh Onomics - 2013-03-11 17:12

      I would also like to see a racial breakdown. "Those who live without both parents are often more vulnerable to poverty and unemployment, and may also be exposed to various forms of abuse," he said. Ndebele said SAIRR previous research suggested children who live without both their parents may be more likely to have behavioural problems or even turn to crime." you can BEE, and AA, and 'redistribute wealth' all you want, but if underlying social factors are not addressed, 'inequality' will remain. African Traditional Religion is just about the only religion that is ambivalent towards sex and procreation within the bounds of marriage.

      Crab Spotter - 2013-03-11 19:01

      This kind of statistic is useless because it hides important facts, all because of political sensitivity. It hides facts about amongst others race, culture, class, about the primary users of child grants and whether the parents were married before.

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2013-03-11 15:08

    I don’t understand the “shock” effect. Nothing funny or out of the odenary to have a woman with 4+ children by two or more men. It’s not shocking at all and to be quite frank it is the norm. What is shocking however is what they get as “child support”. Some get a bag of maize meal maybe every two months or so. That is what gets these kids.

      ulandi.potgieter - 2013-03-11 15:30

      some men stand by the women and help bring up the children and some men are cowards and run away and I agree the government child support is a shocker.

      Juanne-pierre De Abreu - 2013-03-11 17:00

      Some women in the cape drink heavily during pregnancy and breastfeeding hoping the child will have a disability. Grants for a disabled child are about R1200 a month.

  • Steven Pieters - 2013-03-11 15:54

    This is the underlying problem to all the other issues in the country.

  • Byron Damons - 2013-03-11 15:58

    Early in their young lives,they are parnts for a short while

  • Sibusiso Shane Mavimbela - 2013-03-11 17:16

    God help up we seem to have endless problems in this country. Think before you leave your kids.

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