Cham­pi­oning the best in­ter­ests of chil­dren

Vuk'uzenzele - - Social Development Month -

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.

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