Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
7 minute read
18 Aug 2021
7:00 pm

Preaching abstinence won’t reduce shocking rate of child pregnancies

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

The number of child pregnancies should come as no surprise, considering SA's poor sex education and shoddy statutory rape law enforcement

Shocking teenage and child pregnancy statistics have highlighted the normalisation of statutory rape and unprotected sex between minors. This is according to experts who have warned that government needs a far more comprehensive prevention plan for this social ill than simply preaching abstinence to children and teenagers. The power dynamics that exist between minors and the adults they are exposed to also needs to be addressed. This follows the revelation that 23 226 teenage pregnancies were recorded by the Gauteng Department of Health between April 2020 and March 2021. Gauteng health MEC Dr Nomathemba Mogketi divulged the figures in provincial...