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Crackdown on child maintenance defaulters

Defaulters may find it difficult to access loans in terms of new draft regulations gazetted by the NCR.

FILE: People who fail to pay child maintenance could find it difficult to access loans in future. Picture: Stock.Xchng.

CAPE TOWN - People who fail to pay child maintenance may find it difficult to access loans in future in terms of new draft regulations gazetted by the National Credit Regulator (NCR).

Child maintenance defaulters also face having their failure to pay reflected on their credit records.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the provisions relating to child maintenance defaulters were included in a request.

The party says it's been working closely with government departments, agencies and credit bureaus over the past six weeks to find ways of putting pressure on maintenance defaulters to pay up.

The draft guidelines for the credit industry provide for defaults in child maintenance payments to remain on a person's credit record for five-years or until a court rescinds the judgment.

A person seeking a loan will have their record of maintenance payments scrutinised and will have to declare any judgments for non-payment against them.

The DA's Geordin Hill-Lewis says the party's pleased its proposals were included by the NCR.

"This will stop defaulters from accessing new credit while ignoring their maintenance responsibilities."

Hill-Lewis says an estimated nine million South African children are growing up in single parent households, most of them headed by women.

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