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Latest regulations regarding the movement of children during the National Lockdown – 30 March 2020

R.430 Disaster Management Act (57/2002) Directions issued in terms of Regulation 10 (5) of the Regulations made under Section 27 (2) of the Act

Updated: 16 April 2020

New regulations have been issued on 16 April 2020. Click on the link below:

The material change is that you do not have to have a court order or a parental responsibilities and rights agreement or parenting plan, registered with the family advocate. Possession of a birth certificate or certified copy of a birth certificate is now also allowed.

Update: 07 April 2020

NEW LOCKDOWN REGULATIONS REGARDING THE MOVEMENT OF CHILDREN – CERTAIN PARENTS MAY MOVE CHILDREN DURING THE NATIONAL LOCKDOWN PERIOD (7 April 2020)

Latest Directives by the Minister of Social Development regarding the movement of children during the National Lockdown (30 March 2020)

On 30 March 2020, the Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe D Zulu, issued directives in order to prevent and combat the spread of the COVID-19.

The directives in relation to parental contact are as follows:

(m)Directions to contain the spread of COVID-19 in exercising the care and contact by persons who are co-holders of parental responsibilities and rights during the lockdown period

(i) Movement of children between co-holders of parental responsibilities during the lockdown period is prohibited. This is to ensure that the child is not exposed to any possible infection whilst moving from primary caregiver premises to the other;

(ii) The child must remain in the custody of the parent with whom the child was with, when lockdown period started; (iii) The parent who is not with the child during the lockdown period may, in order to maintain a personal relationship with the child, communicate on a regular basis with the child in any other manner, including telephone or any other form of electronic communication which may also include skype, WhatsApp or video call;

(iv)Co-holders of parental responsibilities and rights must communicate with their child or children including communicating what COVID-19 is and the temporary precautionary measures that are applied to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Click here to download the directives from the Government site.

Below are images are the directives.

(i) Movement of children between co-holders of parental responsibilities during the lockdown period is prohibited. This is to ensure that the child is not exposed to any possible infection whilst moving from primary caregiver premises to the other;

 

(i) Movement of children between co-holders of parental responsibilities during the lockdown period is prohibited. This is to ensure that the child is not exposed to any possible infection whilst moving from primary caregiver premises to the other;

Update: 07 April 2020

NEW LOCKDOWN REGULATIONS REGARDING THE MOVEMENT OF CHILDREN – CERTAIN PARENTS MAY MOVE CHILDREN DURING THE NATIONAL LOCKDOWN PERIOD (7 April 2020)

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4 thoughts on “Latest regulations regarding the movement of children during the National Lockdown – 30 March 2020

  1. Good day,
    I agree on the matter of fathers still paying maintenance during lockdown, but does the same aply when the bhild is in the care of the father for this perhod?? The child is home-schooled and does not have medical aid . Can the father use the money to care for the child while in his care?

    1. Good day

      Everyone’s facts are different and we do not want to give any opinion in isolation of all the relevant facts. It would be hard for a legal person to say not to follow a court order. The order must be followed as a matter of course. If the parents can come to a temporary agreement during the lockdown seeing that one parent is paying for all the expenses, that would be sensible.

  2. Goodday does the locksown also prohibit father’s from paying there children’s Maintanance

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