Championing the best interests of children
FAMILY DISPUTES affect children the most but there is a team of officials dedicated to help.
Solly Kganyago and More Matshediso Africa on a tourist visa before travelling abroad with the children, leaving the father behind in South Africa,” she explained.
“The father then lodged an urgent application at the High Court, alleging that the mother had abducted the children and he did not know where they were. The court made an interim order that the mother return to South Africa with the children,” she added.
After investigating, Ngwenya and her colleagues recommended that it was in fact in the best interests of the children to go back to reside with their mother as neither parent had permanent residence in South Africa. The court eventually ruled in favour of the Family Advocate’s recommendations but in the year that the case dragged on, the children suffered emotional and psychological trauma as a result of being separated from their mother.
Londiwe Ngwenya is safeguarding the rights of children.