Mr Andile Mcineka.
UKZN Law student Mr Andile Mcineka was a speaker at the launch of the Department of Justice’s National Maintenance Defaulters strategy in KwaZulu-Natal.
The launch was part of the Department’s collaboration with the Chief Directorate: Promotion of the Rights of the Vulnerable Groups in a commitment towards ensuring that maintenance is a national priority as KwaZulu-Natal has the second highest statistics of fathers defaulting on maintenance payments.
Mcineka’s paper titled: “The Dying Nature of Manhood: the Struggle of the Child as a Result of Fathers Failing to Pay Maintenance”, explored issues around maintenance in line with the strategy’s aim of promoting responsible fathering in support of the child maintenance system to create awareness of the high number of children dependent on the system for basic survival and curbing defaulting.
‘Many women are single parents and play the role of both mother and father while the children rely on maintenance as their only source of support,’ said Mcineka.
‘As such, my submission to the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, is that in their launch of this campaign they should bear in mind that they are important role players in the fight against unlawful enrichment, prejudice and impropriety in a situation where fathers fail to pay maintenance.’
Advocate Ryan Moodley of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development’s KZN Regional Office (DOJCD) said Mcineka’s presentation and outlook on upholding the law made him an ideal role model for young South African students.
‘Our office identified Mr Mcineka as a speaker at the event because he is an inspirational young man who showed a keen interest in helping the DOJCD in raising awareness about fathers who do not support their children.’