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Scary teenage pregnancy numbers in our schools!

The Gauteng Health Department revealed that more than 23,000 girls and teenagers were impregnated between April 2020 and March 2021.
From these, 934 babies were delivered by girls between the ages of 10 and 14. There are no details given about who impregnated the girls.
Experts are concerned that girls as young as 10-years-old are being impregnated and said that this was unlawful and must be thoroughly investigated.
Researcher at the University of Johannesburg Lisa Vetten said: “The 934 pregnancies that we’ve seen between girls that are reported to be between 10 and 14 are extremely concerning because what has happened is certainly does fall within a crime.”
She also said she was worried whether the Health Department had sensitive policies to deal with girls who fall pregnant while ensuring that their rights are protected.
“Don’t harm young woman being investigated but ensure that if there’s a crime, the next action follows,” she added.
Dr Shaheda Omar from the Teddy Bear Clinic said that in most cases, under-aged girls were pressured.
“Because this is manipulation, emotional ransom,” she said.
Experts said that government needed to ensure that in all circumstances, young mothers and their children were supported to ensure they were not disadvantaged for the rest of their lives.


Mzukona Mantshontsho is the founder of Nyakaza Media Solutions. Nyakaza Media Solutions is an organisation that was established to help community organisations, business entities, and schools to research, write, document, report, analyse, edit, publish newsletters or bulletins in hard-copy, on-line and maintain websites with the relevant content as per the editorial policy of that organisation, school or entity. Nyakaza Media Solutions has a vision to promote and bring dialogue to communities, businesses and schools about issues that affect them. Nyakaza Media Solutions is on a mission to develop and encourage communities, businesses and learners to celebrate the good, applaud excellence, welcome growth, strive to be better individuals, businesses and communities, want more knowledge, discourage bad and counter-productive behaviour as well as communities, businesses and learners that want to be great SOUTH AFRICANS. Nyakaza Media Solutions is making use of Yo School Magazine as a platform that learners in all schools to make use of to write their stories.

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