‘Absent Fathers Is A Direct Product Of Mining Industrialization During Apartheid’ – EFF


Ever wondered why there are so many kids growing up without their dads in SA? EFF has an answer for you.

The party said the phenomenon of absent fathers in South Africa is a direct product of the colonial capitalist industrialization processes in Mining.

The opposition party believes Mining industrialization in colonial and apartheid South Africa broke many African families and left them fatherless.

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“The mining industrialization processes produced ‘men worlds’ called hostels which further reproduced masculinities of ‘parental absenteeism’ (SIC). Increasingly men were engaged in so many sexual relationships where they would abandon most of the women they slept with at the point of pregnancy and move on to the next one,” stated EFF.

Celebrating SA men who have taken the responsibility to participate in raising their children, EFF called for a complete eradication and ban of hostels  in the country.

To them, hostels are the legacy of colonial and apartheid industrial mining and have reproduced the phenomenon of absent fathers in black communities.

“They represent apartheid’s treatment of black men with indignity, (as) sub-humans who must live eternally like animals.

All capital or big business which benefits or has benefited on hostels must be held directly responsible in transforming the hostels into family units so that men are treated as fully human who must live with their families and thus participate in the lives of their children,” EFF opined.

The party added that it’s a shame the democratic government allowed “mining capital” to continue building hostels  instead of family units after 1994.

“This means the post-apartheid government has also allowed the assault on black rural families by disarming them fathers…It has continued the assault on the dignity of black men and their masculinity, entrapping them in that cycles of colonial violence which was based on the idea that they are nonhuman,” EFF argued.

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Charging that the phenomenon of absent fathers in South Africa must fall, the party asserted that “men who only pay maintenance, yet do not participate in the raising of the child are worse than hostel dwellers who have been denied this by the conditions of their employment.”

A fighter is not a fighter if they do not take care and participate in the lives and raising of their children, EFF declared.

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