DNA results might not affect links

A VAAL father who recently found out that he had been maintaining a child that was not his for almost two decades can still continue with his fatherly duties.

A VAAL father who recently found out that he had been maintaining a child that was not his for almost two decades can still continue with his fatherly duties.

This according to specialist psychiatrist Thabo Rangaka, who was reacting to an article in Sowetan this week.

Matlaletsa Makhunoane, of Residensia in the Vaal, had apparently been ignoring rumours that he was not the father of his matriculant daughter.

He decided to go for a DNA test after his ex-girlfriend, Mampole Mofokeng, went to court to demand that he increase the monthly maintenance from R300 to R1000. The results revealed he was not the father.

Rangaka said while Makhunoane and his daughter might be shocked, the bond between them might not be affected.

"They're both likely to feel betrayed but that shouldn't last long. They might find that the difference in the DNA means nothing. He might not be the biological father but will still remain a father figure to his child," Rangaka said.

Asked if it was common for women to keep such secrets from their partners, Rangaka said such cases rarely occurred.

"The woman in this case might have had her own issues that she didn't deal with during her relationship with the child's father. She might have been scared to lose him and decided to withhold that information. This has caused unnecessary pain. The parents need to come together and sort out their issues," said Rangaka.

Rangaka recommends that Makhuoane and his daughter seek professional help to put things into perspective.

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