Send main­te­nance money to our ac­counts – Baby ma­mas

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Si­fiso Nh­la­batsi

BABY ma­mas who have had enough of be­ing turned back at the Manzini Mag­is­trate’s Court when­ever they go to col­lect child main­te­nance che­ques, have sug­gested that maybe it is about time that the money is de­posited straight into their bank ac­counts.

This was ex­pressed by an­gry women yes­ter­day at the Manzini mag­is­trate’s courts after they were in­formed that they could not ac­cess their che­ques, hence they must go back home and come back the fol­low­ing day.

The an­gry women made it clear that they come from far-away places and some of them do not even have the money for trans­port for the up and down trips to the mag­is­trate’s courts ev­ery day.

After spend­ing the whole of yes­ter­day queu­ing at the mag­is­trate’s court, some of the women even­tu­ally gave up hope of re­ceiv­ing their che­ques and went back home emp­ty­handed.

How­ever, some were adamant and made it clear that they were not go­ing any­where un­til they re­ceived their che­ques. Ef­forts to con­vince the women that they will not be get­ting any­thing proved fu­tile as they camped at the mag­is­trate’s court un­til means were made later in the day and they even­tu­ally re­ceived the che­ques.

Those who re­ceived the che­ques said they were not happy about the treat­ment they re­ceived when­ever they vis­ited the mag­is­trate’s courts. They said it is about time that gov­ern­ment con­sid­ers other means of dis­tribut­ing the che­ques.

They said it would be much bet­ter if they could be al­lowed to open bank ac­counts, where the money can be taken straight from the Trea­surer into the ac­counts.

They said such would be hus­tle­free and will also save money be­cause they will not have to travel to Manzini ev­ery time they want to col­lect child main­te­nance money.

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