Pregnancy fine: Community objects

2009-10-20 00:00

COMMUNITY members in Underberg’s Ridge area, under a Stoffelton area inkosi, Nozipho Molefe, are calling for the scrapping of the R30 fine for girls who get pregnant out of wedlock.

The fine, which was recently introduced by Molefe’s traditional council, has caused an outcry in some quarters of the tribe, especially the youth. According to Molefe, the fine is for “cleansing” girls who get pregnant while unmarried.

Community members said the imposition of the fine is unfair and steep as most of them are unemployed and live in poverty. Girls and their partners are supposed to pay the fine for getting pregnant. The fine is used by the council for the “cleansing” ceremonies of girls in the tribe.

Molefe said the fine exists to curb teenage and out of wedlock pregnancies and it also a way of trying to reduce the alarming spread of HIV/Aids in the area.

It is also to encourage girls who are unmarried to adhere to the culture of saving themselves for marriage, said Molefe.

However, fining of people for having babies when not married is not Zulu culture.

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