Fact check: Missing dads of SA - Are 57% of children raised without dads?

Fact check: Missing dads of SA - Are 57% of children raised without dads?

- South Africa has one of the highest rates of absent fathers in sub-Saharan Africa

- An estimated 61.8% of fathers are not part of the lives of their children

- This estimate does not include fathers who live away from their kids but remain involved in their lives

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Statistics from an infographic by the African Youth Mentorship Network stated that 57% of children in South Africa are raised by single moms.

Single mothers are not a rare phenomena anymore, but how many South African children are really growing up without fathers?

According to a survey by StatsSA conducted in 2017, 61.8% of children do not have their biological fathers living with them.

The survey based its info on fathers not living with their children at least 4 nights a week per month.

In 2016, the estimated percentage of absent fathers were 61.2%, showing a rise in numbers.

However, this statistic does not reflect how many fathers are truly involved in the lives of their children.

A father does not have to live with his child to fulfil his duty as a parent. Just like a father living with his children is not necessarily involved in raising his children.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the statistics do not account for fathers who are not biological but still involved.

Conclusion: More than 60% of biological fathers do not live with their children.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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