Today, the one-parent household is still prevalent, only this time, homes are headed by single parents.
Stats SA’s latest household survey has found that most South African children live with only their mother - that’s 43.1% of South African homes.
Shows like Mzansi Magic’s uTatakho highlight the emotional devastation left behind by the absent father.
Certainly, as episode after episode of uTatakho can attest, the children feel abandoned and lost. Many blame their failures in life on the fact they grew up not knowing who they are - they feel disconnected from their ancestors.