The North Gauteng High Court located Pretoria has sentenced a mother and a grandmother to 30 days’ imprisonment for a crime that many man are a victim of. The sentence was suspended on the condition that they allow a father contact with his daughter.
The attorney representing the aggrieved father, Vanessa da Silva-Faria, spoke to the media and said the court ruling is a landmark for fathers’ rights in accessing their children especially in cases were the relationship with the mother is not a good one.
Her words she said “I think this is a vindication for fathers’ rights around South Africa. This (judgment) confirms that fathers do have equal rights, and their rights are worth fighting for,” said Da Silva-Faria.
The Ulrich Roux & Associates attorney scored the landmark victory in the rights of father's working on the case with her junior attorney Matthew Temlett.
Da Silva-Faria also said the father had been trying and denied access to the child for three years.
On Tuesday, the 25th of January, the High Court Judge Munzhelele ruled that the mother and the maternal grandmother of the child were in contempt of court. They did this “denying and frustrating our client’s parental rights to exercise contact to his minor child”, according to Ulrich Roux & Associates.
In what surprised most people, “The court sentenced the duo to 30 days’ direct imprisonment, suspended pending their strict compliance with the high court order which regulates our client’s contact with his daughter.”
The attorneys explained that, warrants of arrest will be issued immediately in the event that the mother and the maternal grandmother of the 7-year-old girl continue with their “unlawful and inhumane conduct” if denying access to the child.
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