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Ratlou Local Municipality plagued by high under-age pregnancy rate

31 August 2016 2:46 PM
More than 2000 young girls under the age of 18 are falling pregnant in the small town of Ratlou in the North West province.

More than 2000 under-age girls are dropping out of school due to early pregnancy in Ratlou Local Municipality, in the North West province.

The matter has raised the concern of Deputy Minister for Social Development, Henrietta Bogopane-Zulu, who visited the rural town over the weekend. The young girls who are all under the age of 18, are suspected to be victims of rape and older men taking advantage of their desperate economic conditions.

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to Professor Akim Mturi from North West University regarding his research on the matter.

He highlighted a failure in sex education in schools and poor communication between parents and children as ongoing challenges regarding the matter.

Listen here for the interview:

I recommended that parent-child communication or the involvement of family units is the missing puzzle in the effort of fighting this war.

Prof Akim Mturi, North West University

I believe that if we change gear and involve the family then we have a better chance at succeeding.

Prof Akim Mturi, North West University

31 August 2016 2:46 PM