KwaZulu-Natal Regional Office launched an official partnership with the South African National Taxi Association Council (SANTACO) in the province on 27 June 2014. The launch signified a commitment by the provincial taxi association to ensure that maintenance courts are able to deal with members of the taxi industry that do not pay maintenance for their children.
This comes after the region identified a need to embark on a special initiative among the taxi industry to ensure that those employed within the industry understand their responsibility relating to child maintenance. According to the KwaZulu-Natal Legal Services Director, Ms Pat Moodley, this was to address a perception that a high number of taxi drivers and conductors do not pay maintenance for their children and many women struggle to obtain orders against fathers from the public transport sector.
The launch was attended by senior officials from the regional office, the KwaZulu-Natal Director of Public Prosecutions, the judiciary, maintenance personnel from the province and the executive council of SANTACO.
Ms Moodley set out the reasons and importance of the launch and the partnership with SANTACO, saying that “the escalating number of child maintenance cases is indicative of the large number of children suffering in the province”. She added that the statistics obtained from the Child Gauge, a publication released annually by the University of Cape Town, reported a number of children in need of care and those involved in crime.
SANTACO Chairman, Mr B Zondi, set out ways in which the executive council resolved to helping the maintenance courts in the province. He also explained that they consider the partnership as another strategic step to clean up the taxi industry. He further stated that defaulters from the taxi industry will be dealt with strictly, even as far as bringing them before a disciplinary tribunal.
17 July 2014