A mother and grandmother were sentenced to 30 days in prison suspended on the condition that they allow a father contact with his daughter by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.
Vanessa da Silva-Faria, an attorney for the unhappy father, told IOL that the court ruling marks a watershed moment for dads' access to their children.
The father has been denied access to the child for three years, according to Da Silva-Faria.
As a father of a kid, you have specific parental responsibilities in connection to your child under the law. If the father possesses full parental rights and obligations, there is no difference between a mother's and a father's rights in relation to a child in South African law. The law, on the other hand, considers what would make sense in practice when executing those rights and responsibilities. To put it another way, we can't split the child in half.
According to Ulrich Roux & Associates, High Court Judge Munzhelele decided on Tuesday that the kid's mother and maternal grandmother were in contempt of court by "denying and obstructing our client's parental rights to exercise contact with his young child."
Ulrich Roux & Associates also obtained a punitive cost order against the respondents – the mother and grandmother – for their despicable behavior and flagrant violation of the minor child's constitutional right to a relationship with her father.
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