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WATCH : 27 Learners Form One Limpopo School Are Pregnant

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Molautsi Secondary School at Blood River near Polokwane, Limpopo, has confirmed that it has 27 learners who are pregnant.

Three weeks ago an 18-year-old from the school gave birth to triplets. The babies’ father is a fellow learner.

The majority of the pregnant learners are in grade 12.

A 19-year-old learner who spoke to the SABC on condition of anonymity says she chose not to use contraceptives and is coping well with the pregnancy.

“It is not affecting me in any way. I have passed my mid-year exams. I’m hoping to pass my trial exams without any failure. I was taught about issues of education at school. I knew everything I just decided not to prevent. My mom took me to the clinic to prevent and then i decided to do it my own way. Are you prepared for a child? No I’m not prepared but then its life. I have accepted.”

President of the Learners Representative Council, Tumelo Maiganya has appealed to adults to talk to their children about sex.

“Parents should talk to their children about the risk of having unprotected sex, including falling pregnant. Teachers and health workers also have a role to play so that we can avoid these pregnancies.”

The deputy principal at the school, Joseph Phaleng has cited lack of parental guidance and substance abuse as contributing factors to the high rate of teenage pregnancy.

“We have child-headed families. We also have orphans and substance abuse I think is very serious in the community and as a school we are having different programs like for instance life orientation in class. They cover issue of learner pregnancy. We also invite NGO’s in our school to come and try to motivate these learners. We had a meeting with the parents of grade 12 learners so we are talking about this issue.”

Other schools in Blood River also have several pregnant learners. However, Molautsi has the highest number. All of the pregnant learners are 18 and 19-years-old.

Spokesperson of the Limpopo Education Department Sam Makondo says the problem happens outside schools. He says there should be a collective intervention.

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Skeem Saam Actor Dumps The Show For Politics

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MPHOZA Mashabela is going into politics.

The former Skeem Saam actor and Limpopo Artist Movement chairman is running to become a councillor in Mokopane.

He told Daily Sun if he was elected, he’d focus on service delivery and issues affecting artists. He said he was running as an independent candidate.

“I’m contesting ward 12 in Mahwelereng. I was nominated by friends who felt I could represent this ward as I understood its challenges. I was also motivated by One South Africa Movement leader Mmusi Maimane as he’s been supporting local leaders to contest elections independently,” he said.

Mphoza said he’d focus on the basic needs of the community.

“My community lacks basic services such as healthcare,” he said.

“I shall also be focusing on unemployment. Our youth is unemployed and it’s unfortunate that people from outside the area get first preference.

“I am, therefore, going to ensure our local youth is skilled and educated enough to get jobs locally.”

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Mphoza said if he was elected, he’d contribute 50% of his salary to bursaries. “I’ll be doing this from my Mphoza and Friends Foundation. I will also concentrate on fixing the roads.”

Mphoza said he didn’t think his duties as councillor and chairman of the movement would clash.

“The movement is aware I’m contesting this position and I have their full support. I’ll also ensure that our interests as artists are taken seriously.”

Maimane said he was fully behind Mphoza.

“I’ve always said certain groups were underrepresented and we needed people like Mphoza to fight for them. My belief is you can’t lead the arts and culture sector if you’re not an artist.”

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Drama as daughter r@ped by her dad for 9 years wants more tlof tlof from him

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A 21-year-old woman who was allegedly r_ped by her father over a nine-year period has refused to end their s.e.xual relationship. The woman, who has since fallen pregnant, identified another man as her baby’s father but it was later revealed that her father had impregnated her.

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The woman’s refusal to end the affair has caused a rift in the family and a team of social workers has been assigned to investigate the matter with a view to providing counseling to the family and offering ongoing psychosocial support to the woman who has suffered humiliation at the hands of her stepdaughter.

“Our team of social workers will also have sessions with the girl and provide her with psychosocial support,” said KZN MEC for Social Development, Nonhlanhla Khoza.

Furthermore, Khoza has called on police to investigate and charge the father.

“This man should face statutory r_pe since he started to sleep with his daughter while still a minor,” the MEC said.

It is alleged that the girl and her father began a s.e.xual relationship when she was 12.

It is further alleged that the 52-year-old man began raping his daughter when she would come over to visit him.

Khoza said the girl lost her mother and stayed with her sibling, father and stepmother.

She expressed shock at the incident adding that such acts showed that there were those in communities who had lost their moral compass.

Khoza called on communities to stand together and call out those involved in child abuse, r_pe, and gender-based violence.

“If the communities did not keep quiet for so long, such dastardly acts may have been averted earlier. Our communities should understand that ignoring cases of s_xual exploitation perpetuates such actions.

“We want to appeal to the SAPS to conduct a thorough investigation and put forward a strong case for the prosecution against the man. As a society, we need to send a strong message to perpetrators of such crimes that we have zero tolerance for their disgusting behavior,” Khoza said.

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WATCH | Strict Teacher Shot Dead By 14-Year-Old Student In Cape Town

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An eyewitness who had been preparing to guide children safely into the school grounds, has given a chilling account of how she watched two gunmen flee the scene after killing a school teacher at Heinz Park Primary school this morning.

The teacher, 53, has been identified as a Mr Thulani Manqoyi, a grade six mathematics educator who had been at the school since 2008.

No one has been arrested and the motive for the killing is still unknown but the community leaders are baying for blood, calling for the death penalty and a swift arrest.

 

Devastated parents, colleagues and Walking Bus members gathered in and outside the school grounds while police combed the crime scene for clues. A shocked security guard rushed to the vehicle in tears and collapsed on the ground.

The Walking Bus member who cannot be identified for security reasons, spoke exclusively to the Weekend Argus, about how she had found the teacher dead inside his car moments after he had been shot.

“We are on patrol, we make sure the children go safely into the gates and fetch those still walking along the road,” she said.

“We were just at our point where we were taking the children in when we heard the gunshots. We then ran and when we came closer to the school grounds, we saw two people fleeing. They looked suspicious but we could not see who they were.

“We asked the security what happened? what shooting was it? Whether it was inside or outside. When we arrived at the car, as we had walked between the cars, we saw the teacher lying there, shot inside his car.

She said he was a strict teacher who cared a lot for his learners.

Fadiel Adams of the Cape Coloured Congress who also rushed to the scene said Mr Manqoyi was a good man.

“He came here to teach and today he is dead. An entire school is traumatised. But look at the situation, look at Heinz Park and understand, why a young man from Heinz Park can think so little of life , look at the sewerage here in front of the school.

“There is absolutely nothing here for these kids. The circumstances do not change, nothing else will change and we will lose more people. Today it is a fact, the most sacrificing of professions, teachers and doctors are no longer safe.

Police spokesperson, Colonel Andre Traut confirmed two suspects had fled the scene: “The circumstances surrounding the death of a 52- year-old man are being investigated after he was shot and killed in the parking area of Heinz Park primary school while sitting in his vehicle this morning at around 7:45am.

“ Two unknown suspects fled the scene and are yet to be arrested.

“Any person with information regarding the murder is kindly requested to contact crime Stop on 08600 10111.”

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