Desperate dad protests to see child

Johannesburg - A desperate Midrand father has taken to illegally protesting outside his baby’s mother’s workplace every day in a bid to get her to agree to let him see his child.

The man reportedly stands with a placard reading “PLEASE tell [the baby’s mother] to stop denying me access to our daughter. Every child needs a father.”

Neither parent can be named in order to protect the child’s identity.

The 30-year-old father told The Star he has seen his child only once this year after their legal teams arranged a meeting.

He says she has left him with little choice but to protest because she ignores his phone calls and e-mails. He claims the woman ended their relationship in November last year and has since ignored his pleas to see their 11-month-old child.

According to the law, biological fathers have full parental rights and responsibilities if he has attempted to contribute to his child’s upbringing for a reasonable period of time, says legal expert Yusuf Boda on

This comes a few weeks after the social justice department drafted a White Paper that recommends the provision of paternity leave for fathers, Sapa reports.

As the law stands, only three days of family responsibility leave are provided for fathers.

NGO Sonke Gender Justice worked with the department in drafting the paper that seeks 10 days’ paternity leave.

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BaileyG 2014/08/29 10:30:37 AM
Good for you dad.. we need more like you.. Maybe this country wouldn't be in such dire straights if more fathers got involved in their kids lives.. You keep fighting.
Evan Manne 2014/08/29 10:34:00 AM
I fought day and night for my child and I ended up with him in my arms. Keep fighting!
Nin Ja Kitty 2014/08/29 10:39:17 AM
Don't give up to a right that is yours.
Guy M Artist 2014/08/29 10:41:38 AM
THe fact that she cannot be named and shamed is ridiculous.
Alowis Taurai Musodza 2014/08/29 10:41:40 AM
Good lad... You are a real man... Most run away from the moment they hear "I am pregnant"... I wish I could join you...
Poncho 2014/08/29 10:46:08 AM
Awesome dad! 2014/08/29 10:47:01 AM
Now that's what I call respect! You will sure make your daughter proud!!!
MeThinks 2014/08/29 10:48:47 AM
Whilst commendable am not sure it will soften the mother's heart, pursue legal action! 2014/08/29 10:48:56 AM
Now that's what I call respect! Your daughter will be proud calling you her dad!!!
Nenio Makhosini 2014/08/29 10:51:15 AM
I spent a night in a police cell for loving my child. I'm even writing a book about it. Keep your ears and eyes open for a book titled, "Arrested for the love of my daughter". This thing of police jumping to arrest when a woman opens her mouth must come to an end.