Unraveling the mess of F4J


IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE THE WORLD WAS EDUCATED ON THE LUNACY OF F4J
IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE THE WORLD WAS EDUCATED ON THE LUNACY OF F4J

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Justice Committee criticises Fathers for Justice

Justice Committee criticises Fathers for Justice

19 February 2009

The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional Development says Fathers for Justice (F4J) is not telling the truth about its relationship with officials of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.

Committee chairperson Mr Yunus Carrim, MP, said the F4J organisation was circulating a pamphlet containing untruths about its relationship with the department.

The F4J pamphlet claimed that the Departments of Justice and Constitutional Development had not produced any information leaflet informing fathers about their rights. “Numerous written reports and representations have fallen on deaf ears,” F4J claimed in the pamphlet.

Meetings often cancelled

Fathers for Justice special representative, Mike O’Callaghan said his organisation had been trying to get co-operation from the Department of Justice’s Family Advocates without success. “We have had five meeting cancellations in the past six months,” Mr O’Callaghan said.

Mr Carrim, MP, noted that some of the problems the organisation had with this department referred to an Act (the Children’s Act of 2005) which was implemented by the Department of Social Development (DSD).

The F4J’s concerns include the adversarial nature of family law, the prohibitive costs of litigation, the failure to make mediation mandatory as well as the prevalence of general bias and lack of consistency and standardisation in the Office of the Family Advocate.

Clear the air

Director for Child Justice and Family Law, Advocate Shereen Said, said one of the differences that the department had with F4J was in relation to endorsing a pamphlet the organisation produced and was circulating. “The department does not endorse publications of non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Furthermore, the department would not promote or favour sectors or constituencies as it must adhere to the Constitutional principle of equality.” One particular pamphlet contained information that was offensive to the department, she said.

Mr O’Callaghan conceded that some of the information contained in the pamphlet referred to the situation before October last year. “This situation has since improved and we will be meeting with the family advocate in two weeks time,” he said.

Ms Carol Johnson, MP, said the meeting would hopefully improve the relations between the organisation and the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.

Issued by: Parliament of South Africa
19 February 2009
Source: Parliament of South Africa (http://www.parliament.gov.za)

The days of F4J is numbered…..your lies, deception, corruption are being exposed. Tomorrow will surely bring some more of your sloppiness.

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