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SA’s coming new system to track if you don’t pay child maintenance

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Oct 26, 2021

Justice and Correctional Services is setting up a new smarter system to track and find South Africans who forsake child maintenance payments.

RESULTS FROM CHILD MAINTENANCE INVESTIGATION

Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola confirmed an investigation analysis report that highlighted key patterns in those who dodge papgeld.

“The investigation found that most defaulters do not want to be found so as to avoid the maintenance inquiry processes and further that when they are found they conceal their means or distort the extent thereof so as to appear indigent and become exonerated from the liability to pay maintenance,” he said.

According to Lamola, most of those who escape child maintenance earn their living from mostly self-employed work that is neither taxed nor monitored by the government.

“The investigation further revealed that there are two forms of economies in South Africa – being formal and informal economies – and as such, most defaulters who claimed not to have means to pay for maintenance are within the informal economy.”

The minister then added to confirm the defaulters do not have bank accounts and therefore are hard to administer.

GOVERNMENT FINDS THE SOLUTION, BUT

The unwelcome news for child maintenance defaulters is that Mzansi now has a new system that will track and trace earnings in the informal economy system.

However, the government has hit financial hurdles towards finalising the tracking system.

“The department had advertised a tender for a service provider to provide Online/Electronic Tracing Services. The department received the bids from prospective service providers and the said bids were found to be way above the funds available on the budget for this purpose,” Lamola said.

“This resulted in the tender process being suspended to enable the department to approach National Treasury for additional funding of the project,” he said.

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