Twitter reacts to bill entitling working dads to 10 days' leave after birth of a child

27 November 2018 - 12:13 By Ntokozo Miya
President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed into law a bill that gives fathers 10 days' paid leave after the birth of a baby.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed into law a bill that gives fathers 10 days' paid leave after the birth of a baby.
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On Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the Labour Laws Amendment Bill, effectively giving fathers 10 days paid leave after the birth of a child, but Twitter still wants more.

TimesLIVE reported that the bill caters for parents who were previously not covered for maternity leave. It also extends to adoptive parents when an adoption order is granted.

This is a huge win for fathers who were previously not entitled to maternity leave.

The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) has for a long time been at the forefront of the mission to secure parental leave for adoptive and surrogate parents as well as same-sex couples.

Last year, the National Assembly passed the bill and up until Friday, the only thing outstanding was the president's signature.

After Hendri Terblanche petitioned parliament to allow men time off work to help care for their newborns, ACDP MP Cheryllyn Dudley used Terblanche's petition to propose the bill. 

"This is an achievement that every South African can be proud of," said Terblanche.

The news was largely welcomed on social media but other people were not so sure that 10 days was enough, considering that female employees are entitled to four months maternity leave.

Some just wanted clarity on exactly how this law would be implemented:

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