The boy is mine - Shivambu
Johannesburg - The EFF's Floyd Shivambu has admitted that a paternity test revealed he is the father of a 3-year-old boy, following a maintenance case against him by the child's mother.
He says in a statement, issued in his personal capacity, that the mother brought the case in July this year.
"I then requested that the case be subjected to a paternity test because the information of the birth of the child was brought to my attention more than three years after the child was born," he said.
"In October 2015 we underwent a paternity test and the results have confirmed that the child is fathered by me."
In his statement, he says the child was born in 2012.
According to a City Press report in September, court papers showed that the mother was asking for R2 000 in maintenance every month from Shivambu.
Her lawyer, Amanda Vilakazi, said her client had been battling for years to get a cent out of Shivambu.
"He has been promising and never delivering – that’s how we finally ended up in court," she said.
But Shivambu hit back, telling City Press he had never even met the woman.
"As a matter of fact, there was never a moment [when she] approached me about a child or child maintenance. I only became aware when court papers were served. I said I was readily available to do a paternity test," he said.
"I never knew any person [by that name] five to six years ago. Her lawyers say she is asking for R10 000 a month and is apparently demanding that the money be paid from the day the child was born."
In his statement on Thursday, Shivambu said he would take full responsibility in raising the child and will provide for the child's upbringing "so that he grows to be a responsible adult".
"I will provide for the child's educational, health and other basic needs required for the child's upbringing. I currently do so with my daughter and other children and adults, who are not my children or even relatives," he said.
"I insisted on the paternity test because the existence of the child was brought to my attention through a publicity seeking stunt, which involved sending letters to Parliament, whilst other forms of direct communication were available."
He said people who linked the EFF's position on the Child Maintenance Bill with his personal circumstances were being disingenuous.
"The EFF's opposition to the bill was on the basis of the fact that the bill enacts a law that says that defaulters of child maintenance should be blacklisted, and as a matter of principle, the EFF does not support blacklisting as a form of debt collection because it often condemns black people to permanent economic inactivity and participation."
He said the EFF holds a view that all fathers should take care of their children and "all South Africans should take care of one another, help their neighbors and everyone who needs assistance".
Shivambu said he would not take any requests for interviews or media queries about the case as it is a personal matter.
"[The] media can write whatever they like to write, and my conscience and position are clear."