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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

Child Maintenance Bill one step closer to becoming a law

A bill that will see child maintenance defaulters being credit blacklisted is one step closer to becoming law. On Tuesday (22 June2015) the National Assembly adopted the Maintenance Amendment Bill that allows for the personal details of absconding parents to be sent to a credit bureau.

Members of Parliament (MPs) in the National Assembly, with the exception of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), supported the Maintenance Amendment Bill.

Earlier this year, African National Congress (ANC) MPs on Parliament's justice portfolio committee removed the blacklisting clause from the bill and asked government to come up with alternatives.

 Committee chairperson Mathole Motshekga said when no viable options were put forward, the clause was reinstated.

 Deputy Justice Minister John Jeffery said this will send a clear message to defaulters.

 The bill will be sent to the National Council of Provinces for concurrence.

 It will then land on the president's desk for his signature.

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