Social Development Launches National Child Welfare Week Campaign

The The Department of Social Development kicked off the week-long campaign in Lusikisiki, Eastern Cape. This coming week marks National Child Protection Week in South Africa.

This year the focus will be on teenage pregnancy which has seen a peak, during the Covid-19 period, of teenage girls giving birth in 2021.

National Child Welfare Week (CPW) is celebrated annually in South Africa to raise awareness of children’s rights as set out in the Children’s Act 2005.

Speaking to the SABC at the launch, Deputy Minister for Social Development, Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, said adult men are primarily responsible for teenage pregnancies.

“I don’t know if I should say let’s protect the children, maybe I should start by saying respect the children because when you respect someone, you have the energy to protect them. I really have to say this, it’s the older men who are responsible for getting these girls pregnant. Half of them have families and the other half know they have money to sell and big cars. I call them the 4ms, I call them ‘mature mobile men with money’ are my problem,” says Bogopane-Zulu.

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