Divorce has become common in Mzansi and more often than not, it’s the children who suffer. Seeing their parents split up may be traumatic for youngsters, and this can lead to long-term mental health conditions. There are ways to soften the blow by co-parenting and supporting each other.
Harsha Jovuka is a teacher from Khayelitsha, Cape Town. After she gave birth to her son, Lulo, in 2015, her marriage ended on the rocks due to her newborn’s health complications. “It was really difficult for me to grasp since we never had an argument or any clues that could’ve led to that conclusion,” she says.