KwaZulu Natal Teenage Pregnancy Crisis: 21 000 Young Girls Fall Pregnant

“Looking at the stats, you tell yourself ‘who made them pregnant’ because they are starting from the age of 9 to 14 years,” Khoza said to SABC News.

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KwaZulu Natal Teenage Pregnancy Crisis: 21 000 Young Girls Fall Pregnant

In KwaZulu Natal, no fewer than 21 000 girls fell pregnant by 2021. Nonhlanhla Khoza, the province’s MEC for Social Development, confirmed the news on Saturday.

According to reports, the province’s rural areas are a major contributor to the crisis, with traditional customers violating the rights of young and older women.

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According to Khoza, the department is extremely concerned about the province’s alarming statistics. She made the announcement at an event in Mpandwini Area in Mbumbulu, south of Durban, where government and traditional leaders discussed the role of men in reducing Gender-Based Violence.

“Looking at the stats, you tell yourself ‘who made them pregnant’ because they are starting from the age of 9 to 14 years,” Khoza said to SABC News.

“So we are concerned that all along, we’ve been having programs that talk to women but it’s high time that we have initiatives [that] talk to men so as to curb the scourge of Gender-Based Violence.

“We need to have those perpetrators arrested because that one is a big no and that one is rape,” Khoza added.

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