Johannesburg - A popular South African actor has called on fathers to challenge the stigma around the trending phenomenon of absent fathers.
Magic Hlatshwayo, famous for his role as Thandaza’s uncle on the SABC soapie Muvhango, said he lived most of his life with the burden of knowing that he had a daughter out of wedlock who had to grow up without him.
“I looked at my children a few years ago, and they kept calling me dad. But it made my heart sore thinking about that daughter that wishes she could call someone dad but cannot,” he said during a Father’s Day event at Uncle Tom's Hall in Orlando West, Soweto.
Hlatshwayo said it was high time fathers realised the opportunities they missed for not being a part of someone’s growth and life because they chose to reject their parental responsibilities.
This Father’s Day marked the first annual Father’s Appreciation Day, and active African fathers were celebrated and given the platform to urge young fathers to play a role in their children’s lives. Appreciative Sowetans came together to acknowledge the few influential fathers who play a role in raising and supporting their children.