Teach sons values, urges NC premier

2017-06-07 06:01
The premier of the Northern Cape, Sylvia Lucas, emphasised to parents the importance of teaching their sons values.Photo: Boipelo Mere

The premier of the Northern Cape, Sylvia Lucas, emphasised to parents the importance of teaching their sons values.Photo: Boipelo Mere

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Calling on parents to teach their sons values, the premier of the Northern Cape, Sylvia Lucas, has emphasised the importance of teaching discipline.

The premier gave the keynote address during the launch of Thursday in Black, a campaign to oppose sexual and ­gender-based violence.

“When a mother speaks, her son listens,” said Lucas.

“The society that eats her children does not have a future, and this is becoming too much.

“People say we are a maturing democracy, but our attitudes are not maturing.”

The launch of the campaign was hosted on Thursday (01/06), on International Children’s Day.

The premier expressed her belief that people were beginning to take too much for granted.

Lucas also raised her concern about the high rate of violent incidents that are not noticed and reported on.

She criticised the attitude prevailing in society for people to look away and say that ­violence was not their business.

“This is everyone’s business, don’t look away and say: ‘It is not my business’.

“If so, you will only understand why it is everyone’s business when it happens to you.”

Lucas said the Thursday in Black campaign had to be used to inculcate the culture of tolerance and acceptance that would go a long way towards counteracting gender-based violence.

“What happened to our spirit of ubuntu, according to which the well-being of our fellow man is at the centre of a thriving community,” asked Lucas.

“We have started to go off the morality race.”

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