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Latest Regulations: No Court order, registered agreement or parenting plan is required for the movement of children during the lockdown – 16 April 2020

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Latest regulations regarding the movement of children between co-holders of parental responsibilities and rights or a caregiver. Essentially, all children can move, with specific requirements to be in place – 16 April 2020

On 16 April 2020, the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma made changes to the regulations regarding the movement of children during the lockdown.

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.

In summary, the new regulations published today applies as follows:

  1. The movement of children should be between co-holders of parental responsibilities and rights or a caregiver;
  2. The following must be in existence:
    • A court order;
    • a parental responsibilities and rights agreement or parenting plan, registered with the family advocate, or
  3. the co-holder of parental responsibilities and rights is in possession of a birth certificate or certified copy of a birth certificate of the child or children. This is required to prove a legitimate relationship between the co-holders of parental responsibilities and rights;
  4. In the household to which the child is to move, there is no person who is known to have come into contact with, or is reasonably suspected to have come into contact with, a person known to have contracted, or reasonably suspected to have contracted, COVID-19;
  5. The parent or caregiver transporting the child concerned must have in his or her possession, the court order or the parental responsibilities and rights agreement or a parenting plan or the birth certificate of the child or children, as required.
  6. All forms must be completed in full, including full names, identification or passport numbers and full contact details as required in the form and failure to do so will result in the form being rejected as invalid.

 

The relevant regulations are copied below:

 

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