Maintenance Act amendments speed up turnaround time

The new amendments to the Maintenance Act, which came into effect on 5 January this year allows for the Justice Department to trace maintenance defaulters through their cellphone service providers.

In order for this amendment to be implemented, the maintenance officer may apply to the maintenance court (via the maintenance court clerk) to issue a directive to the cellphone service provider to furnish all the contact information of the maintenance defaulter.

Chief Family Advocate at the Dept of Justice and Constitutional Development Advocate Petunia Seabi says the amendments were a necessity because of the fact that the courts were becoming very congested.

READ: 7 ways the new child maintenance law cracks down on defaulters

As people begin to become aware of their rights and to access those rights. The Children's Act has introduced new standards of performance in matters that affect the welfare of children.

Advocate Petunia Seabi, Chief Family Advocate at the Dept of Justice and Constitutional Development

And one of the new standards is that matters will be finalised speedily without undue delay.

Advocate Petunia Seabi, Chief Family Advocate at the Dept of Justice and Constitutional Development

So it becomes imperative for us as service providers in that environment to make sure that we shorten the turnaround time of our cases.

Advocate Petunia Seabi, Chief Family Advocate at the Dept of Justice and Constitutional Development

Listen below to the full interview about the amendments in the Maintenance Act...


This article first appeared on 702 : Maintenance Act amendments speed up turnaround time


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