Women open up about the pain of having deadbeat co-parents

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Photo: Getty Images

Child maintenance – or papgeld to many South Africans – has been a hot topic these past few years.

And now things have become heated once again after actress and local entertainer Ntando Duma last week accused ex-bae Junior De Rocka – who is the father to her one-year-old daughter – of not paying child support.

According to family counsellor Pearl Ramotsamai, the issue of papgeld remains prevalent within our society for several reasons.

“If the parents are no longer together they tend to want to forget about their past relationship and the child serves as a constant reminder,” she explains.

"In this kind of situation parents sometimes end up using the child as ammunition to fight against each other.” 

We asked our Twitter followers what amount they thought would be sufficient for child maintenance per month. Out of 970 votes, 11% thought R500-R1 000 was enough per child per month, 30% said R1 000-R3 000 per child would suffice, another 30% voted between R3 000 and R5 000, and the last 29% said R5 000+. 

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