New law will ensure maintenance defaulters are blacklisted

The National Assembly has passed a new law that will see parents who default on child maintenance blacklisted and blocked from getting credit while owing maintenance.

Introducing the bill, the deputy minister of Justice and Constitutional Development John Jeffery said maintenance, especially child maintenance, was one of the department’s major priorities.

This, he said, was evidenced by the number of initiatives that the department continued to undertake in order to improve the maintenance system.

Court-Annexed Mediation

The Court-Annexed Mediation Rules which will be implemented in the District and Regional Courts form part of Government's effort to transform the civil justice and enhance access to justice.

The Rules of Voluntary Court-Annexed Mediation (Chapter 2 of the Magistrates’ Courts Rules) were approved by the Minister and came into operation on 1 December 2014. The pilot project sites are in Gauteng and the North-West Province. The pilot project will be rolled out to sites, in other provinces, in conjunction with the rationalisation process.


Judge makes ‘example’ of him

13 Nov 2015 | Daily Dispatch | By SIYA BOYA | siyab@dispatch.

 AN EASTERN Cape surgeon has been ordered to spend a month in jail by the East London High Court and pay his ex-wife almost half a million rand for defaulting on his maintenance payments.

Dr Roy Potelwa and his wife Princess had been trying to dissolve their marriage of more than two decades since 2008.