Arranged marriages a concern

2017-08-25 06:00

THE Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Municipality is concerned about parents who arrange marriages for their young girls to old men to get cows or because they fear being ridiculed by the community when their young daughter falls pregnant.

The municipality has now started visiting schools and community warning people
about the danger of arranging these types of marriages.

Bongi Ngcobo, a gender officer at the municipality said many young girls fall pregnant and are forced by their parents into marriage.

“Many young girls have dropped out of school because they were forced to get married.

“We have arranged meetings to address this situation which is widespread in some areas,” said Ngcobo.

The municipality has launched a structure of religious leaders to fight teenage pregnancy, crime, arranged and/or forced marriage, alcohol abuse and drugs.

The structure will work with Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma chairperson of Operation Sukuma Sakhe, Basil Ntshiza, who also heads the Department of Community Services at the
municipality.

He told Fever that young girls’ right are being violated and the municipality will not accept this.

“At Sukuma Sakhe meetings, we discuss problems that affect communities and did interventions. Gender forums and government departments are intervening in the problem of young girls who are forced into marriage.”

He said religious leaders in the new structure will hold prayers and talk to parents about the rights of children.

 

 

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