SUFFER DUE TO FRAUD IN MAGISTRATE COURTS
ISSUED BY PROF LM MBADI, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
UDM expresses its disgust at the escalating theft of funds meant for child
maintenance grants at magistrate courts countrywide. The UDM welcomes the
conviction on fraud charges of two maintenance officers at the Ga-Rankuwa Child
Maintenance Court in the North West province. They have each been sentenced to
four years imprisonment of which three years have been suspended, with the
option of paying a
R2 000 fine each or serving a prison term. They were additionally ordered to pay
back an amount of R3 600 stolen from child maintenance grants.
However, the UDM disapproves of such light sentences in the light of the
widespread poverty that children endure coupled with the emotional trauma that
are inflicted upon them due to poverty and broken family structures.
The effects of such thefts are far-reaching. Most children in South Africa are
solely dependent on these grants, the theft of their grants deprives them of a
means to provide for their constitutionally guaranteed rights.
The UDM calls upon the Minister of Welfare and the Minister of Justice to
urgently attend to this horrific situation, which is causing many South Africans
to suffer unnecessarily on a daily basis.
Mtutuzeli Mbadi, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Social Development
07 June 2001.