The originator of the act, Henri Terblanche, welcomed the signing of the bill into law.
“Congratulations to (African Christian Democratic Party MP) Cheryllyn Dudley for all her hard work with the Labour Laws Amendment Bill that was signed into law on 23 November by President Ramaphosa,” Terblanche said.
Although Terblanche petitioned parliament with the proposal for parental leave, the ACDP then tabled a private member’s bill relying largely on Terblanche’s petition.
“This is an achievement that every South African can be proud of,” Terblanche said.
Terblanche said the law was progressive, gender neutral and would contribute to a more equitable society as it recognised the role of both parents in their care-giving duties towards their children.