The Justice Department’s 2012-13 annual report has put South Africa on the map in terms of matrimonial woes as new figures show that the divorce rate has rocketed by 28% from 39 573 to 50 517 cases.
Divorce lawyers and marriage councillors say however that sex and money is behind this spike. This whole thing came after a non-profit organisation in Lethabong, Cuba section identified a family problem where a 14-year-old girl was playing the role of a parent.
The family consists of this 14-year-old girl, her younger sibling and the baby that she got through rape. When Hope For Success (HFS) found the family they were stunned by the condition of their home and it remained a miracle how they had survived this long.
According to the organisation’s founder, Ms. Ester Misane, their organisation identified a child headed family in thier local area, and together with Annah Legoale Clinic they adopted that family and raised money to buy building material and food parcels for the family.
The organisation wrote a letter to the Business Association of Lethabong for donations and assistance. They were able to buy food parcels for the children and even building material which members of the community used to repair their home.
The family consists of three members whereby the oldest child is 14-years-old and has a sibling and a child who came as a result of rape. They had a single parent (mother) who died early May 2015. The organisation was established on the 27 April, 2014, by youth in Lethabong community.
Its vision and mission is to see parents, teachers and the community members at large acknowledge and accept the fact that education is universal. Government should stretch their hands out in helping such organisations to prosper and continue helping others with the same problem.
The government should provide life skills, money donations, any kind of donations to organisations such as HFS so that families such as this one can receive a better life and be able to sustain themselves. They should also strategise to identify families with such needs.
Meanwhile, the young girl has to labour in people’s gardens so the family can have something to eat. She makes up to R500 a week, which sh4e spends on food. If she is lucky to make more, then she can buy paraffin, salt and soap, all considered luxury.