In November, after being sued for maintenance and taking a paternity test, EFF MP Floyd Shivambu admitted to being the father of a three-year-old boy. ShivambuÂ now claims that he can’t afford the R5,000 a monthÂ that the child’s mother is asking for, a move that could prolong the court process.Â A Wits University psychology professor recently argued thatÂ if state hospitals provided free DNA testing to prove paternity, the country would save millions in court costs and welfare grants, as theseÂ force fathers to take responsibility for their children. LIZEKA MADUNA askedÂ Durbanites what they think of the idea.
Free DNA testing could be the best thing the government could ever do for the youth of this country. However there should be a certain plan which will ensure that men do take responsibility to go for the test, because some men will even dodge this free test. If it means that the government has to involve other departments such as the SAPS, which will enforce men to go and do DNA testing without giving mothers a hard time, then that should be considered. Men who do not support their children should be punished and deserve to rot in jail. Although we are willing to help as a society, it is not our responsibility because the government tries to meet people halfway by providing free contraceptives.
Free paternity testing is a good idea; even if a father fails to support his child but at least it will be in the open that he is the father. There is no guarantee that this will ensure fathers areÂ active and take full responsibility, but with law enforcement this option could work. Men sometimesÂ deny their own children because they are dodging financial responsibility, unfortunately this is the reason why women turn to the state for grants. The government has enough resources to ensure that fathers do support their children, therefore it should be the governmentâ€
It is about time people have free access to such services, we are tired of lies from women who want us to support children that are not even ours. I am not against supporting children and this option could work effectively if implemented accordingly; also this could save a lot of women unnecessary stress and time. Child support should be oneâ€
This could be the best option if implemented logically. Getting men to test could be tricky but there should be law enforcement if thatâ€
If this is the best possible solution to poor and vulnerable women out there, definitely it is the best idea and chances are it could work effectively. In some cases men donâ€