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Sharp rise in fatherless kids

By Tebogo Monama | Dec 18, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 78 ]

VIOLENCE and HIV-Aids are attributed to a 75% increase in the number of children whose fathers have died.

The South African Institute of Race Relations said between 1996 and 2010 the number of children who lived under the same roof as their fathers had decreased by 26%, from 49% to 37%.

"Between 1996 and 2010 the proportion of children in South Africa whose fathers had died, increased by 75%. This points to an increase in male mortality rates, which are partly because of HIV-Aids and an increasing culture of violence among South African men" said an institute report.

"Children who grow up without a father suffer emotionally, intellectually, socially and in terms of behaviour.

"Girls, in particular, suffer from low self-esteem, have higher levels of risky sexual behaviour, have more difficulties forming and maintaining stable sexual relationships.

"They are also more likely to fall pregnant early and out of wedlock, marry early or get divorced.

"Boys who grow up without a father are more likely to engage in over-compensatory masculine behaviour later on in life."

The report also highlighted that: "Another worrying trend, which has in recent months received increasing attention from the media, is the increase in absent but living fathers.

"The proportion of South African children with such fathers increased between 1996 and 2010 from 42% to 47%. This means almost half of all South African children are growing up without their fathers, though their fathers are alive."

Black children are the most affected by this trend, at 51%.

While only 17% of white children have absent fathers, this figure represents an increase of 32% since 1996, and it is the largest increase in all racialgroups.

The number of Indian children with living but absent fathers decreased from 19% in 1996 to 13% in 2010.

A study by the Centre for Social Development in Africa, (CSDA) in conjunction with Sonke Gender Justice, said "negligence", as is commonly perceived, might not be the reason for absentee fathers.

The study interviewed 40 men from Alexandra, Doornkop in Krugersdorp, Devland in Soweto and Tembisa on the East Rand, who had little or no involvement in their children's upbringing.

The study looked at the men's understanding of fatherhood and their perceptions of the causes and consequences of their actions.

One CS DA doctor said the men in the study seemed to be acutely aware of the consequences of their absence.

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Senganga247
sekhebereshe
RSA man they like having kids everywhere!
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So does the girls like to open their legs to even married men.
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@Senga
girls like to open their legs to even married men.
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Chief our kids are lost especially girls you know they are too Horney as young as 11 years but one element to blame is civilisation most civilised nation perform things which are a curse to their own tradition this is more like trying to mix oil with water western tradition is totally different from African tradition and trying to adopt western tradition to our own culture really is a disaster. in Africa girls and boys were raised in a way to bring about a different between young and old but girls as young as 12 are falling pregnant by men as old as 40 years nxaaa

Dec 18, 2012 3:15 | 0 replies

@MsKinkyakaKamaSutra
KatakataEmaotoAditshepe
It was good if you people were busy wasting your energy on the ways that could bring all these problems on their knees than poiting fingers at each other.
The article brought the problems on the spotlight so how do we defeat these since it's clear that we both males and famales are the cause of these difficulties?
Per my understanding it wont take one community(females/males) to defeat these difficulties
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My part is to ensure that my daughter is brought in a loving home....... teach her about humility, respect. Let her know that a person's worth is not by measured by their race, tribe, gender, se.xual orientation, political affiliation but by their actions and character.
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If she was a boy how and what were you gonna taught him,yes if she is a girl as her mother you can teach her what you've learnt from your parents and your community maybe the things that built you to what you're today since our communities also have an indirect input in our lives?

Dec 18, 2012 11:52 | 0 replies

child4real

Sweden has one of the lowest marriage rates in the world. They manage to bring up children who don't turn into wh0res and rapists. The big difference is that Sweden also has one of the highest rates of female self sufficiency and possibly the highest female equality.

Dec 18, 2012 11:45 | 0 replies

South African women are very loose panties generally; South African men (well BOYS) are also very irrisponsible. Further analysis of this numbers will show the inverse relations between this situation and the level of education. We are still to see a lot of this especially seeing that a lot of time is spent on apportioning blame instead of seeking solutions!

Dec 18, 2012 11:41 | 0 replies

Imfene, of course it takes two to tango, but then mostly only one runs away after the dance.

Dec 18, 2012 11:39 | 0 replies

*******Sag********
I so agree with you, Godly principles are the best solutions in this mess!

Dec 18, 2012 11:37 | 0 replies

I suggest we must start thinking about educating ourselves and the young generation that people must wait to get married bofore they can start to have sex. I gues this is the first option, then dying of men we can't predict especially if men would be responsible for thier lives.

Dec 18, 2012 11:33 | 0 replies

oldlady12

It takes two to tango and probably our national indulgence, spirits.

Dec 18, 2012 11:30 | 0 replies

We are having solutions to our modern miseries but people just don't wanna consider the way out all you'll here is that you are so old fashioned if you propose to go back to basics.
1. We all know that having a child out of wedlock is a problem, but people still don't consider marriage
2. We all know that having to use condoms has saved a lot of people but still people can't consider that ,so as contraceptives and abstainance.
3. Sleeping around and lot of sexual partners togeher with alcohol abuses is and has always been a disaster but we are reluctant in making good decissions about our lives.
4. Aids has always been a problem that leads to fatherless babies but we still get caught.

We have chioces!!!

Dec 18, 2012 11:29 | 0 replies

@oldlady12
MsKinky, was waiting for your comment. Did you notice how easily the woman is blamed and asked for explanations? And all he has to do is just look around him and see how many babies are without fathers. So many women can't all be wrong.
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So sad that wom.en bear the brunt. I guess we all cheating hoes..........



One thing is that I hold my head high and will never let anyone define me.

Dec 18, 2012 11:28 | 0 replies

It is really easy for one to Marry or indulge with a sister or a brother in SA ek se.
The results of the Babel System

Dec 18, 2012 11:28 | 0 replies