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A multi-millionaire grandmother who controls her children through her fortunes got more than she bargained after she sought urgent help through the court to see her granddaughter (8), says a Pretoria News report. The elderly woman, identified as R in a Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) judgment, demanded that the court immediately listen to her case as it involved a child.
The Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) has heard that it was not the fault of the 33 children who were on the brink of being stateless that they did not have birth certificates. A Pretoria News report says the good news for the children is that Home Affairs has agreed to register the 33 SA children who were on the brink of not being considered as a national by any state.
Former President FW de Klerk is again set to be dragged into a long-running financial feud between his son Willem and Willem’s ex-wife, says a Sunday Times report. After struggling for years to get Willem to pay maintenance, Nicole Noordien is, for the second time, approaching his father, claiming that as her children’s grandfather he has a responsibility to step in if his son cannot afford maintenance.
The Jehovah's Witness father of a seriously anaemic 10-year-old KZN girl has said he was entitled to refuse to consent to a blood transfusion for her as he firmly believed that there were medically acceptable alternatives that were as effective, if not more.
The KZN Department of Social Development has been forced to return nearly 200 children to a child youth care centre which has homes in three towns in the province, notes a News24 report. Last week, the department claimed there were widespread allegations of wrongdoing reported to be taking place at the government-funded Môrester Child and Youth Care Centre.
The wife of a Boeremag prisoner is taking the Department of Correctional Services to court in a bid to be allowed private visitation rights in order to have a baby, Netwerk24 reports. Riëtte Pretorius (36) married convict Wilhelm Pretorius (41) in the Zonderwater Prison outside Cullinan in 2017.
The KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) has granted a temporary order in favour of a youth care facility, ordering the provincial Department of Social Development to return 197 children who were removed from its premises. The KZN Christian Social Services, the subject of an investigation into racism and physical abuse allegations, turned to the courts after department officials, accompanied by police, last week removed the children from the facility's Morester Children's Home in Ladysmith, Morester Children's Home in Newcastle and Home Meah in Newcastle, reports TimesLIVE.
A cheating Pretoria tavern owner was affronted that his ex-wife refused him conjugal rights for two years ... but when he went to court to try to get half the value of her house and pension in their divorce he received his just deserts.
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's office stepped in after a father ignored a court order stating he should support his child. The father has now had R300 000 taken from his pension fund to cover years of outstanding child support payments and future maintenance costs. Mkhwebane's office said it had decided to step in after the mother complained that the Government Pension Administration Agency (GPAA) had failed to comply with maintenance court orders to pay the amount from the father's pension fund, notes TimesLIVE.
Management of the KZN Christian Social Services (CSS) is expected to lodge an urgent application in the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) today to have more than 150 children returned to three care centres in Newcastle and Ladysmith. The Department of Social Services removed the children – aged from newborn to 20 years old – from the MôreSter Children’s Home in Ladysmith and the MôreSter Children’s Home and Home Meah in Newcastle on Friday and Saturday.
The mother of a four-year-old whom she allegedly abducted from Luxembourg will have to explain to the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) today why she does not need to immediately return the child to her father, who still lives there, says a report in The Mercury.
A father has won the right for his five-year-old son to carry his name, an action which sets a legal precedent. Family law experts said the ruling – by Judge Jacqui Henriques in the KZN High Court (Durban) – was a step forward in broadening the rights of unmarried fathers, notes a Sunday Times report.
Two more Jehovah's Witness families have been taken to the KZN High Court (Durban) to force them to allow doctors to administer lifesaving blood to their seriously ill children. The two matters were added to the court's roll as a third set of parents planned to defend their refusal to allow their five-year-old son, who suffers from sickle cell anaemia, to receive blood transfusions, notes TimesLIVE.
The provincial Department of Social Development has been cleared of wrongdoing for circumstances leading to the death of five-month-old Ava Barley at a Pinelands early childhood development (ECD) centre.
‘Physical punishment in the home is an antiquated form of discipline, which stems from a time when we did not know about child development and child psychology. But we know better now. Research shows that physical punishment does not teach children better behaviour. It may achieve short-term compliance but does not lead to insight and long-term changes in behaviour, which is what parents usually want to achieve when disciplining children.’