Concerns raised as 1000 Ekurhuleni schoolgirls fell pregnant in 2017

One of the girls was only in Grade 5…


Teenage pregnancies have long been an issue in South Africa. Now, the issue is once again under the spotlight after comments made by the Ekurhuleni Mayor.

On Tuesday, Mzwandile Masina revealed that 1 000 schoolgirls fell pregnant in the municipal area last year. Even more shockingly, this included a 10 or 11-year-old learner from Grade 5.

The mayor was speaking at a youth summit held in Boksburg on Tuesday. According to Masina, “the cult of blessers” is a driving force behind the issue of teen pregnancies.

“One learner in Grade 5 was pregnant, which is something that is unheard of. The cult of blessers continues to prey on the vulnerability of our youth in and out of schools. We want to call on the so-called blessers to stay away from our young women.”

The 1000 pregnancies are from over 620 schools in the region.

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Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi admitted that the issue related to “the society we are in”.

His department declined to release the age of the youngest girl that fell pregnant but said it will be releasing teenage pregnancy statistics in September.

DA Gauteng Shadow Education MEC Khume Ramulifho agrred with the Mayor’s “blesser” argument.

“The DA strongly condemns the abuse of our schoolgirls by older men who use money and material things to lure them. This disgusting behaviour must come to an end.”

“These young girls are future leaders of our country and we cannot fold our hands when their future is being destroyed.”

Ramulifho also pointed to the fact that teenage pregnancy results in school dropouts and an increase in cases of HIV/AIDS.

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The DA has called for greater parental involvement to help the department curb teenage pregnancy. The party now wants the department to “intensify” sex education in schools across the country.