One man fights for all fathers

A father’s battle to get the issue of paternity leave on the agenda in Parliament may be heading to the Constitutional Court, depending on the presidency’s response.

On May 22, Hendri Terblanche, frustrated by the silence of Parliament’s select committee on petitions and executive undertakings, wrote to President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to express his dissatisfaction.

Terblanche had appeared before the select committee on November 24 last year, asking for the amendment of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act to include 10 days leave for fathers after the birth or adoption of their children.

Read it at the M&G.

Image – After the birth of his daughter, Remmy Shawa was given a month’s paternity leave from his job at Sonke Gender Justice. (M&G)