Surviving R Kelly and all the other predators hiding in plain sight

by: Terry Simelane-Mathabathe - 17 January 2019

Surviving R Kelly and all the other predators hiding in plain sight

Has preying on teenage girls become an accepted norm in our society? When Surviving R Kelly aired on the 3rd January, it became more than just an expose of the deeds of a predator hiding in plain sight, it opened up the wounds of women and girls all over the world who have been preyed...

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Teenage mom: I got pregnant to make my boyfriend happy, and then he left me

by: Ayabulela Zisile - 30 October 2015

Teenage mom: I got pregnant to make my boyfriend happy, and then he left me

According to a report released by parliament in September, more than 99 000 learners fell pregnant that year in 2013. This was a rise from 68 000 in 2011. “It is an alarming situation and is unheard of,” Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi was quoted saying in a News24 article. It’s a scary situation for the...

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The public weighs in on “adolescent sex” bill

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 6 March 2015

The public weighs in on “adolescent sex” bill

This week, the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services invited the public to weigh in on the proposed amendments to the Sexual Offences and Related Matters Act. One of the Act’s biggest points of contention has been the proposed amendment to decriminalise consensual sex between adolescents (anyone aged 12 to 15). Under current legislation, if...

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Should 12-year-olds be having sex?

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 6 February 2015

Should 12-year-olds be having sex?

This week, parliament’s portfolio committee on justice and correctional services debated possible amendments to the Sexual Offences Act; one of the proposed amendments being the decriminalisation of consensual sex between adolescents (children aged 12 to 15). Under the current act, it’s illegal for children 12 and older but younger than 16 to have consensual sex,...

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