Do­ing it for a greater good

The woman be­hind dead­beat dads page

Sowetan - - News - By Yoliswa Sobuwa

Tired of hear­ing about baby mama dra­mas, a 22-year-old has cre­ated a Face­book page to ex­pose dead­beat dads.

The page that was cre­ated on Wed­nes­day, had 144 978 likes by yes­ter­day.

“I fol­low a lot of women pages on Face­book. On a daily ba­sis peo­ple com­plain [that] baby dad­dies fail to pay main­te­nance,” said the woman be­hind the project.

The woman said she did not want to be named for fear of reprisals.

“We would go to the fa­ther’s time line to pres­surise him. How­ever, I no­ticed that we get blocked or the per­son sim­ply de­ac­ti­vates his Face­book ac­count. So I cre­ated a page which will give women a plat­form to vent about their baby dad­dies who do not pay main­te­nance for their chil­dren with­out wor­ry­ing about be­ing blocked.”

She said she had more than 50 in­boxes in an hour from frus­trated women.

“I don’t have a child of my own, but I un­der­stand the strug­gle these women are faced with.

“The page is not cre­ated to ridicule fa­thers or em­bar­rass chil­dren, but we want them to do what is right.

“The page also does not en­cour­age per­sonal agen­das that have noth­ing to do with the child, and if any mother uses this page for any other rea­son be­sides that, she will be held li­able for her ac­tions.”

She said she had re­ceived a pos­i­tive re­sponse and has put a dis­claimer on her page that the views are those of the moth­ers who post via in­box.

She also warned that posts from baby ma­mas are no longer anony­mous.

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