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Lindiwe Zulu responds to pleas, allowing movement of children between legal co-parents

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Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu has amended the regulations put in place at the beginning of the lockdown period, which stipulated that children were not permitted to move between parents.

In a statement on Wednesday, 8 April 2020, Lindiwe Zulu stated that the initial regulations set in place regarding the movement of children between co-parents were introduced to protect children from possibly contracting the virus. She stated, “This prohibition of movement was never intended to limit or prohibit contact with the child/children or to punish parents, as the department believes in family strengthening and preservation. However, the implementation of the directions brought an outcry to the co-holders of parental responsibilities and rights.”

The amendments to the regulations now stipulate that movement of children between co-parents is permitted. Parents are required to be in possession of a certified copy of the legal agreement when transporting the child to the other parent. The changes to the rules continue to uphold the strict regulations stipulated by President Cyril Ramaphosa, which prohibit unnecessary travel and social gatherings.

See the full statement here.

Sayushka Naidoo
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