Teen moms a huge concern

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

The Limpopo health and social development department are concerned about the rising number of teenage pregnancies in the province.

This comes after a 14-year-old girl from Zebediela, near Lebowakgomo, gave birth yesterday.

The province recorded 67 babies born between midnight on December 31 and 6am yesterday.

Of these, five of the mothers were aged between 15 and 17.

Department spokesman Phuti Seloba said there was great concern that children who should be concentrating on their education were having babies.

"It is unacceptable to have girls under the age of 18 becoming mothers because they themselves are still children and depend on their own mothers for support," said Seloba.

"It is very worrying that more and more children are engaging in unprotected sex instead of reading their books.

"It's high time that children were taught that they should abstain from sexual activities," Seloba said.

He said the department antici- pated that the number of teenage pregnancies would rise. He said a list of all the children born yesterday would be made available later today.

He said 29 of the babies born on New Year were boys and 38 girls. The first babies were regi- stered at Mankweng and Dr CN Phatudi Hospitals at midnight on December 31. Last year 58 births were recorded during this period, Seloba said.