Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
The new Children's Act has been controversial from its initial stages and was bound to create a furore because it is premised on the flawed notion that 12-year-olds are capable of making responsible sexual decisions.
The act also deprives parents of their responsibility to guide their children.
One of the hurtful issues is the disposition by our Eurocentric legislature to perpetually disregard African traditional values whenever they decide to pass acts.
For the law to say that children under 16 may decide not to go for virginity testing unless for cultural reasons is ludicrous and offensive.
When does any person go for virginity testing except for traditional reasons? Authorising 12-year-olds, especially girls, to have sex is immoral and amounts to negligence on the part of parents.
Just because their bodies are ready does not mean we should let them engage in sexual relations.
Instead of instilling moral values in our children the legislation is giving them permission to become immoral.
A law that does not serve the people and ignores culture is bound to fail. How long will our culture continue to be sidelined based on such decisions?
Phillimon Mnisi Johannesburg