MEC to intervene in forced marriages

2015-06-05 06:00

THE MEC for Social Development in KZN Weziwe Thusi said her department will intervene in Bulwer where forced marriages involving minors continue.

This comes after Thusi read an article in the Fever last week about young girls who are being impregnated by older men and being forced into marriage in Kilimon.

Thusi was with a delegation that accompanied Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini when she launched Child Protection Week in Franklin on Sunday.

“As government we are saying a children from 0 to 18 years are minors and they must be treated as such. No one has the right to take a childand#039;s innocence.

“The law does not allow for children to be forced into marraige. That is illegal so we are fighting hard to stop the abduction of young girls for forced marriage purposes,” she said,

She added that young girls must be given the chance to enjoy their youth, become educated young women and enjoy life until they get to an age where they can decide what they want,” she added.

Thusi said they have an advantage in KZN because they work closely with traditional leaders to stop such acts.

“We are working very closely with the house of traditional leaders both at provincial and district level because such acts are disguised as traditional customs while they are just criminal acts by opportunists,” she said.

“We are going to follow up on those cases in Bulwer, and the so-called “husband” who impregnated a 15-year-old will face the law and the grandmother, who accepted R1 500 for the childand#039;s lobola, will face the music.”

Another phenomenon on the increase in Creighton and Bulwer is that of teachers who are dating pupils and impregnating them. The teachers reportedly mislead the pupils by promising to marry them.

“We have also heard of teachers who are sleeping with school children. We are against it and will be keeping a close eye n that area,” she said

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