South Africa continue to grapple with severe health risk associated to girl child pregnancy.
The alarming question, is who are those responsible for these sordid acts of violation to towards innocent kids?
Shocking statistics have revealed that more than 3262 girl children aged between 10 and 14 became mothers in South Africa in the past year.
The Recorded Live Births report, which is commissioned by Statistics South Africa, showed that a total of 3 261 girl children aged between 10 and 14 were registered as mothers in South Africa last two years. Of the 3 261, 1 959 registered the births late, which meant the babies were born earlier, but alerted government of their births last year.
The report also showed that there were more than 100 000 teenagers who gave birth last year.
The report showed that 119 645 young women aged between 15 – 19, registered births in 2017. Of the 119 645 births, more than 97 000 births were from 2017, while 22 000 were registered late – which meant the children were not born on the year of their registration with government.
“The high proportion of births registered later than the year of occurrence were observed for age groups 10−14 years and 50−54 years is also observed in the unspecified or age category outside 10−54 years.”
“For this age group (50-54) about 72% of the births were registered later than the year of occurrence. It is possible that those registering these births might not be the biological parents of the children and hence the late registrations,” the report stated.
The Recorded Live Births report, which is commissioned by Statistics South Africa, showed that a total of 3 261 girl children aged between 10 and 14 became registered mothers in South Africa last year.
Source: Recorded Live Births 2017, Statistics South Africa
Key issues are that the minimum age of consent for pregnancy
The age of consent in South Africa is 16. Children under the age of 12 are considered by the law to be incapable of consenting, so a sexual act with a child under that age constitutes rape or sexual assault. Children between 12 and 16 are considered capable of consenting but not mature enough to consent, so a sexual act with such a child constitutes statutory rape or statutory sexual assault.
Someone who commits an alleged act of statutory rape may be arrested and charged even if the other party hasn’t pressed charges.
Parents, if you suspect your child under the age of 16 is sexually active, what should you do?
Report it to the police
Ask for help from a counsellor
Ban my child from continuing that relationship