South African dads are accused of being very little involved in the lives of their children, according to the statistics that were recently made public. But just how reflective of the truth are these latest statistics?
According to Stats SA, 61/62% of children have no fathers registered on their birth certificates in 2017.
However, South Africans feel this information is flawed because that doesn't mean the child's father is not a part of his or her life.
Here's what tweeps had to say about this statistic after @SAfmnews tweeted about it:
@SAfmnews - Statistics SA says 61% of children born in the country last year were fatherless. That means no details of fathers were recorded at time of birth. This is in line with recent research which shows that a staggering 60% of South African children do not live with their fathers
@ThutontleJ - I am midwife. Somehow attending midwives and Drs in the public sector also have contributed negatively to this figure. Often if the mother is unmarried we do not encourage them to fill in that info but in actual fact some unmarried fathers are actually very much involved in their child's life right from the word go. Home affairs officials do not have a problem adding father's to the registration form but often health care professionals do. Angazi why... this figure is flawed
@MansHonest - Most of the fathers are not present when they giving birth,but the father is present in the child's life, so those stats are not accurate if they only counting for the birth certificates
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