A local politician has come under fire from critics in South Africa, urging schoolchildren to open books and put their feet together, the BBC reports.
Phophi Ramathuba, who is the health minister in Limpopo province, made the statement in an effort to encourage sexual abstinence and reduce the number of pregnancies among minors. Social network users condemned the note and asked why it was only addressed to girls. But the politician stands by her comment and claims that she also aimed at boys.
“I say to the girl: Open your books and keep your feet together. Don’t open your legs, spread the book. Thank you very much, “Ramathuba said in a speech to the students during her visit to the secondary school in Sekgakgapeng on the occasion of the beginning of the school year. She added that older men attract girls to luxury items such as expensive wigs and smartphones.
When the video of the speech appeared on social networks, the politician received criticism. “This is not a good way to talk to children about abuse, sex and consent,” one user wrote.
Don’t sleep with girls
Opposition politician Siviwe Gwarube called Ramathuba’s remarks “deeply problematic.” “It was an opportunity to have a meaningful conversation with these students about the consent. ‘Instead, you blame the victims. You put undue pressure on the girls, “she said on Twitter.
In an interview with the South African news website TImesLIVE, Ramathuba said her statement was taken out of context and that it was also aimed at boys. “I told the boys to focus on education and not sleep with the girls,” she said, adding that her voters at Limpope “appreciated the link.” “They even said they were afraid to say these things and thanked me for calling things by their real names,” she said.
In 2020, according to the Government Bureau of Statistics, there were 33,899 births in South Africa, where mothers were girls aged 17 and under. According to Save the Children, insufficient access to comprehensive sex education as well as accessible and appropriate health services are key factors contributing to the pregnancy of adolescents in South Africa.
Source: Pravda – Správy by spravy.pravda.sk.
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