South Africa Consumed by Fatherlessness

Children play in the streets of Rivelea, South Africa.

South Africa Consumed by Fatherlessness

More troubling statistics for a nation already suffering one of the worst rates of fatherlessness

Half of South Africa’s children are living without a father. This situation is producing noxious fruits. A 2013 report from the South African Institute of Race Relations (sairr) unveiled some troubling statistics that illuminate the severity of the nation’s father deficit.

Only 33 percent of South African children live with both of their parents. For those in single-parent homes, 39 percent live with their mother, while only 4 percent live with their father. The rest of South Africa’s children live with extended family, in government care homes, or in a household led by someone under the age of 18.

Black South African children are the greatest casualty of this trend, with 51 percent of them living without their biological fathers, according to a 2010 study. However, white children have experienced a 32 percent increase in absent fathers since 1996. Indian children have experienced a decrease in such domestic configurations.

Trends of this magnitude are bound to rip and claw at the fabric of a nation that is already suffering one of the highest single-motherhood rates in the world.

The sairr report concludes that children who grow up without the stability a father brings to a home are more susceptible to depression and other emotional distress. Girls who grow up without their fathers are likelier to have lower self-esteem, which can lead to higher levels of risky sexual behavior. Their likelihood of bearing children outside of wedlock, marrying early, and getting divorced also increases. Boys who grow up without their fathers are more likely to exhibit extreme aggression.

Does the aggression fomenting in fatherless homes have any correlation to the more than 2.1 million crimes committed in South Africa in 2017? Data collected by Statistics South Africa in 2016 suggest as much, with the shocking fact that 15-to-34-year-olds are the demographic most likely to commit crimes.

American studies into the seemingly incontestable link between fatherlessness and delinquency date back to the mid-1800s.

Patrick Fagan examined those recent studies and reported their findings in the Heritage Foundation. “The benefits a child receives from his relationship with his father are notably different from those derived from his relationship with his mother,” he concluded. “The father contributes a sense of paternal authority and discipline which is conveyed through his involved presence. The additional benefits of his affection and attachment add to this primary benefit. … The dominant role of fathers in preventing delinquency is well established.”

While most people agree that fatherlessness is ravaging children not only in South Africa but around the world, few understand why it is happening or how to cure the contagion.

Tomorrow’s World, a magazine published by educator Herbert W. Armstrong, wrote: “It has been the devil’s plan to pervert even the meaning of the word ‘father.’ … The final end of any society run by the devil is the complete destruction of fatherhood! The devil himself cannot reproduce. Angels cannot reproduce nor marry (Matthew 22:30). But God can reproduce Himself. God is in the process of reproducing Himself in us—His begotten children (1 John 3:1-2). Thus the devil wants to destroy fatherhood—for in so doing he hopes to destroy God’s true religion” (Tomorrow’s World, May-June 1970).

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