Western Cape dads nabbed for not paying

2012-07-12 10:43

Cape Town - Police arrested 83 Western Cape fathers in a day for not paying child maintenance, The Cape Times reported on Thursday.

They appeared in court on Wednesday. Provincial justice department head Hishaam Mohamed said the blitz was designed to send a message to defaulters to start paying up and take responsibility for their children.

“If they can afford luxurious goods like iPads and iPhones, then they can pay maintenance.

“Among those who were arrested are taxi drivers and taxi owners. One was the owner of three taxis."

The latest string of arrests brought to 725 the number of defaulters nabbed this year.

According to the report, fathers in the province owed about R9.7m in maintenance.

Mitchells Plain had the most maintenance money outstanding, followed by Worcester and Grassy Park.

  • klippies.coke.7 - 2012-07-12 10:49

    Good stuff! It's about time they do something about this.

      gershon.hutchinson - 2012-07-12 10:55

      LOL, If only they could send a message to the gansters...

      sabongam - 2012-07-12 11:13

      The Western Cape seems to have their ducks in a row when it comes to enforcing the law. The right hand knows what the left is doing in terms of governing the province. Why doesn't the rest of the country follow suit. That is to come down on transgressors - like these good for nothing men who neglect their responsibilities?

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-07-12 11:41

      Well children are like promises, its fun making them and a real pain keeping them!

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-12 11:45

      Cops must look busy now they go for the easy targets mostly with a name and an address,

      melissa.oberholzer.351 - 2012-07-12 12:02 far as I'm aware they are only arrested for a night... Similar to that of a drunk & driving arrest. It has nothing to do with the DA, and everything to do with Children's rights!

  • Bond - 2012-07-12 10:54

    Do the right thing your children.

  • rudolph.mare.3 - 2012-07-12 10:58

    Men who don't look after their families and neglect their children are a disgrace. Their names should be made public. They're a f'n mockery.

      Hugo - 2012-07-12 11:32

      and the women? how about a bit of equality?thats unfair on the women!

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-12 13:45

      damn right

      rudolph.mare.3 - 2012-07-12 18:00

      you two retards! The women are looking after the kids here, the husbands have ducked! There is no equality here you fools!

      nicolaas.baker - 2012-07-12 19:08

      @Rudolph, so it was only the man that made the children, the woman had no part??? FFS! Where is the woman 50% towards child support, after all, it was a 50/50 thing is it not? So I would say, if a woman goes to court, claiming child support for R 600,00, then the man should pay R 300,00 and the woman R 300,00 that will give her the R 600,00. Doe sit happen, no! She sits on her ass at home the whole day, waiting for the child support.

  • Randomhero6661 - 2012-07-12 11:07

    runaway dads, they are cowards...

      Poloyatonki - 2012-07-12 11:43

      Dont forget runaway moms..

      Gavin - 2012-07-12 11:47

      runaway parents rather..

      rudolph.mare.3 - 2012-07-12 18:05

      what you idiots fail to note here is that these are not orphans! These are mothers who need assistance from the cowards who fathered children but are failing to take responsibility! You men are pathetic, you make me want to vomit on your face... Real men take responsibility, not only for themselves, but for others too.

  • xanavin.vonbuchenroder - 2012-07-12 11:23

    How can you run away from your responsibilities ouens??? It took 2 too tango so its time to pay up.

  • jarryd.lakay - 2012-07-12 11:27

    There are mothers who refuse to pay maintenance too! Hope the provincial government is going to enforce the ruling on them, too!

      tony.wellman.14 - 2012-07-12 14:04

      Even in this day of equal rights, it would be very politically incorrect to do so - the fear of women (vs the fear of God) is too strong a force. Those mother's who refuse (or make it deliberately difficult) the dads their rights to see their children should also be arrested.

  • Richard - 2012-07-12 11:41

    Great news, Real men don't let their children suffer. They should be locked up for the weekend and be allowed out from Monday to Friday to work and pay their outstanding maintenance, This condition should only be lifted when all outstanding money has been paid for the upbringing of their kids. If I can pay, so can they.

      yvonne.swiegers - 2012-07-12 12:08

      Well said Rich!!!!! The only problem is when the "other" parent dissappears only NOT TO BE FOUND!!!! Even if you go to court (or to lawyers) nothing is done!!!! I've been trying for 18 years, still nothing!!!! And the worst?? The kids wants to study at university, but no help from the "other" family, and now I'm the "bad" parent because "I crushed their dreams"!!!!!

  • Gavin - 2012-07-12 11:46

    great stuff !! time to pay the piper.

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-07-12 12:03

    What about the mothers?????

  • devin.corney - 2012-07-12 12:34

    And there is another side to this. What about mother's who don't let the father's see their children? I have two children from a previous relationship and I have not seen my eldest daughter now (just turned 12) for almost two years. Whenever I ask, I simply get told by the mother that :"she does not want to see me". I have NEVER missed a single maintenance payment in 8 years (since we split). In fact, I was paying voluntarily before she had a court order!

      melissa.oberholzer.351 - 2012-07-12 14:15

      There should be more fathers (or mother's) out there like you! You have every right to access to your children. Even though you were not married, you have equal rights/access/control of your children. I suggest you go through the courts and apply for access to your children. Don't delay, because in the meantime your children are the ones missing out on having a father in their lives. Good Luck!

  • Jackle - 2012-07-12 12:46

    I wonder how many of these guys was tricked into having a child!! I myself is one such father!! Where promised a lot of thing but the true colours came out as soon as she was pregnant... Be careful its not that all might be as it is portrait here!

      rudolph.mare.3 - 2012-07-12 12:49

      dude are you a freakin retard? How on earth do you get "tricked" into having a child? Man up!

      marleze.baartman - 2012-07-12 13:01

      You stupid uneducated fool, is this yre argument for not paying child support. Blerrie vuillis.

      nokuthandwa - 2012-07-12 14:24

      tricked? how did she trick you into not using a condom? did she force you to have sex with her? You were both consenting adults and I'm sure you had unprotected sex with her fully knowing the consequences. If you don't want children, use a condom. It will also help you to NOT get STD's and HIV!

  • zmvulane - 2012-07-12 13:45

    Great stuff! Now, can we plase go for the gangsters in the Cape Flats!

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-07-12 14:25

    Children are precious, they need to be looked after and cared for. What bugs me is all these young girls (kids themselves) having babies. Wake up you are taking serious whats poked at you in fun. Don't think for a moment you can get a man to love you, you need to work on a relationship before you commit and go to the next level. If people don't support their children the mites will suffer and will feel worthless.

  • zane.blignaut - 2012-07-12 16:24

    people don't realize many of these fathers do get all the privileges of seeing their children and still don't pay a cent, to have these guys arrested means the end of a very long process for many. Many cases have their own story, but this is an unfortunate truth, and Many do have the money to pay support, its just better having braai's with friends and sports weekends, the kids get spoilt for 2-4 days a month but no maintenance nothing for the reality of life, and inevitably the children have obscure versions of reality. the children always suffer because, there is either not enough for the normal things, the kids never get the spur and movies with their everyday parents... the reality of this kind of thing sucks, and I'm glad there is now real recourse for mothers who have to battle to survive because of non paying fathers living it up as bachelors

  • nicolaas.baker - 2012-07-12 18:35

    while I ahve no problem of guys being arrested for not paying child support, please tell me when will the courts start prosecuting those woman who thinks that they only purpose is to breed children and than ran off to the courts claiming child support. They do not make an effort to find a job, and most of the time they spend the child support on alcohol, drugs and entertaining their new boyfriends!

  • ivan.devries.7 - 2012-07-13 06:57

    The dads that dont pay put them in jail,and so to the moms that dont pay.I had my two boys from when thy were 1 year old and there mothers did not give me a sent now thay are 22 and 15.Stop gunning the men go allso for the women

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