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Condoms won't lead to more sex - EE, TAC

2012-10-16 07:21

Johannesburg - Providing condoms to schools will not increase sexual activity, Equal Education (EE) and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) said on Monday.

"Providing condoms in schools would not amount to encouraging children to break the law," they said in a joint statement.

"It is arguable that the availability of condoms would help to confront young people with some of the gravity and consequences of sex, and thereby amount to the opposite of encouragement."

EE and the TAC called on the health and education departments to ensure the Integrated School Health Programme (ISHP), which included providing condoms to schools, went ahead. President Jacob Zuma announced the programme on October 9.

The TAC and EE called on Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to clarify her position on the matter.

"Given that the health minister is willing to provide such condoms free of charge, it is arguable that Minister Motshekga's refusal to provide said condoms is in breach of Section 134 of the Children's Act," the activist groups said.

Epidemic requires ‘unique response’

"Were that the case, she would be committing a statutory offence, for which she could be prosecuted. It is clear that the Children's Act makes this an offence because of the serious danger inherent in unprotected sex."

A recent call by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi for condoms to be distributed in schools, where parents consented, was welcomed by the National Association of People Living with HIV and Aids on Wednesday.

Secretary general Mluleki Zazini said in a statement that the HIV/Aids epidemic required a unique response, including the promotion of condom use and their distribution in schools.

This would reduce high rates of teenage pregnancy, which often led to girls dropping out of school, and of sexually transmitted diseases, Zazini said.

However, the African Christian Democratic Party and Inkatha Freedom Party raised concerns this would encourage underage sexual activity.

More than 500 health professionals would be trained to deliver the ISHP. Under the programme nurses would provide sexual health information and contraceptives, if the school governing body allowed this.

Comments
  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-16 07:27

    So, "It is against the law to have underage sex!" Wink, wink. "But, because we know you are going to do it anyway, here are some condoms... Remember, you are not allowed to use them. Please take us seriously". Hahaha.

      ruan.smith.14 - 2012-10-16 08:06

      Since the start of active sex education at universities like fort hare in the eastern cape, there has been a steady increase in pregancies even while condoms are readily available!! In fact there has been a year on year average growth in numbers averaging between 80%-200% per year from the one preceding!! which gives the idea that something is definately not totally right?

      jack.blacking.56 - 2012-10-16 08:18

      "Condoms won't lead to more sex" well with the stats sitting on 100%, i don't see condoms having an impact either.

      themba.n.maluleke - 2012-10-16 09:23

      These Condoms are meant specifically for school Teacher's who constantly sleep with school kids. Very soon Our Government will provide churches with condoms,if they do so,Please Mr President you must start from ZCC,shembe,modise etc and sponsor each Church with a BED.

  • Divvy - 2012-10-16 07:28

    Condoms should have been in schools 30 years ago and a lot of people would have been alive today. All girls should be put on pregnancy preventative treatment in a any event. What point has there been turning their heads away pretending teenagers are not having sex? Look what we are having to deal with.

      hermann.bohmer - 2012-10-16 07:48

      Spoken like a person with no kids... silly boy

      hermann.bohmer - 2012-10-16 08:42

      Okay, I will try again... " Look what we are having to deal with." Stupidity... Let give a condom, to immature people so they have sex with immature underage kids, even babies... I guess you just justified baby rape... your mom must be so proud...

  • thando.gqabaza - 2012-10-16 07:35

    This is liberal bulls**t. Of course it will encourage teenage sex cos it takes the risks away and makes it easier. I hate how liberals shove their thinking down our throat and tell us that it is right. It takes my rights away - if I want to raise my kids a certain way I don't have the option to do so

      thando.gqabaza - 2012-10-16 07:37

      What will the liberals do next - start a campaign in schools to promote homosexuality ? Tell kids that its ok to smoke dagga and hand out free joints at schools ?

      john.bainbridge2 - 2012-10-16 07:38

      So agree with you. There are non so blind as those who will not see...

      Divvy - 2012-10-16 07:44

      @thando.ggabaza. I would like to see your reaction when your 16 year old daughter arrives pregnant at home having been infected and her life has been messed up for ever. No further education, just a long life of struggle.

      wally.williams.148 - 2012-10-16 07:47

      I applaud you, my friend. Who are they fooling? Themselves? Or are they soothing their own conscience? It is easy for those holding no moral values or different from yours and mine to come up with these totally absurd and immoral plans. Yes, give them more choices...it is their right!! They are children...get with it. Instead, start teaching your children from birth not to have an over-grown and pure primal urge to have sex with the first thing that resembles a girl. Teach your daughters to treasure their beauty and purity. Stop dishing out grants to girls falling pregnant while not having completed school at least - and I mean grade 12. We expect to be blessed as a nation and a country, yet our ppl refuse to do what is right in favour of what we call human rights. Sometimes we need protection from ourselves.

      Divvy - 2012-10-16 07:51

      Oh please Wally wake up and do yourself a favour and visit the nearest hospital's maternity section and go look at realities. How old are you? 94? Try teaching your wonderful "morals' to 16 Million kids that have never seen their father or even know who he is.

      hermann.bohmer - 2012-10-16 08:45

      Divvy, "Wally wake up and do yourself a favour and visit the nearest hospital's maternity section and go look at realities." I bet you 100% of all ppl in the maturity ward were handed condoms, some when before they were 16... Really cool practice...

      thando.gqabaza - 2012-10-16 10:52

      @Divvy - If I'm allowed to raise my daughter the way I want to , I won't have that problem. In any case - your argument is based on assumption - how do you know what choices my intelligent daughter will make ? Liberals assume everyone is weak and then implement rubbish like this which just destroys society.

  • thembalethu.kantoyanto - 2012-10-16 07:41

    Why don't you educate kids abt sex first n if tht fails u cn distribute those condoms. Sex doesn't happen at school, it happens at home why don't distribute condoms to homes?

      sian.ferguson2 - 2012-10-24 08:58

      As someone who is currently in high school and therefore actually knows what she's talking about, I must say: that's EXACTLY WHAT THEY'RE DOING, Thembalethu. Have you never heard of Life Orientation? It's been in place for years. It has always preached that abstinence is best, but if you're going to have sex, using a condom is essential. However, we have never been told where one can get condoms, making safe sex inconvenient. Now, I'm not sure whether handing out condoms would promote abstinence or not, but it would certainly promote safe sex - and that's a start.

  • Mike Mbongolo Purchase - 2012-10-16 07:44

    Well said thando.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-16 07:46

    How about we give them text books first? I'm not sure how well they can execute this brilliant plan, however let's hope it goes better than the state providing ARV's, I have a staff member who is now down to collecting his meds every 2 weeks (before it was every 2 months) because they are running out of pills. And I hope it's not the same quality product previously sourced from China. And also let's hope they don't staple their promo leaflets to the darn condom again like these idiots did in Braamfontein, was it back in 1994? Real clever.

      SharonE - 2012-10-16 08:41

      You know you're in the new South Africa when: The education department prioritises the delivery of condoms over the delivery of textbooks!

  • Shane Loxton - 2012-10-16 08:07

    sex education here in the US has been a failure, in fact more kids feel pregnant after the introduction of sex education than before

  • jbooyse - 2012-10-16 08:09

    Like saying that giving out free sigarets won't lead to more smokers... Double standards !!!

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-10-16 08:09

    why don't they provide adequate teachers (& other necessities) instead?

  • stephen.scott.376043 - 2012-10-16 08:15

    What if they do lead to more sex? what's wrong with more sex, if we ain't f$%king, were fighting.

      hermann.bohmer - 2012-10-16 08:47

      I hope you guys never become parents... sick...

  • mmangaliso - 2012-10-16 08:16

    well! Marvin Gaye sang it best lets get....

  • jaco.kriek.5 - 2012-10-16 08:18

    Handing out condoms is a easy way to say you did something, but it will further contribute to the morale decline. Abstenance is the only route in combating AIDS. People should realise that sex has one place, and that is in the marriage. Very difficult to spread AIDS if you only have sex with your spouse.....

      Divvy - 2012-10-16 08:26

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      tebza.tebogo.397 - 2012-10-16 08:32

      not only in a marriage but if u believe in da name of jesus like u

      nana.akua.12914 - 2012-10-16 12:53

      Very true, whichever way its practised, oustide marriage, sex will remain forbidden. Eat of it thine history will be changed for evr, u may not have an sti but you will reap emotional damage,and never rejoice in the marriage bliss God intended. Sexuality is sacred, keep it thus, lets not rob kids of innocency. Just becos majority is doing it ds not make it right and the consequences r not suffered with the majority.

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-16 08:26

    Condoms at schools, are u killing ? They might as well put one bed per classroom.

  • matt.blackZA - 2012-10-16 08:26

    My worry is the quality of the condoms provided. I'm not suggesting we introduce "ribbed for her pleasure" but does anyone remember when the TAC stapled the instructions onto the condoms? And kids are having sex already. Give them the tools to be safe at least.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-10-16 08:35

    In most cases it will even promote more rape cases as well, because "where is the evidence?". This also now opens the loop for more teachers, fathers/ uncles/ children (as they will now even have more access to their criminal activities past time, they would not need to go to a clinic to get some as it will be right at home/school)to abuse more children, mothers, sisters and grandmothers. It will also not stop teenage pregnancies if the condoms are defected in any way, which will not be possible to see with the naked eye. With the current laws, NOT protecting our children and to many rapists walking free, how on earth is it going to prevent anything else but aggrevate the reverse affect?

      sadap.dandade - 2013-02-09 03:30

      sadap dandade

  • thunder.clap.587 - 2012-10-16 08:36

    Its too late now.

  • Dumisani Garande - 2012-10-16 08:46

    the reality is that most people start having sex during their teen/ high school years. Denying these kidz access to free contraceptives and sex education exposes them to unprotected and risky sex. In perfect world, we would all be virgins waiting for marriage but we are a far cry from perfection.

      mshiniboys - 2012-10-16 08:53

      how many teens are pregnant today since government started distributing condoms at schools and everywhere in this country.You are on denial.

  • mshiniboys - 2012-10-16 08:51

    what condoms do is that they promote more sex and serve as a trap for people to get infected because every time a condom bursts people continue without changing it.

  • greypatriot - 2012-10-16 08:51

    Sex in overrated by the media and dramatized through entertainment.Young people are exploited by greedy morons who make them conscious of sex. There is a war on the go for the minds of the youth. Part of that war is to make condoms available and thus promote sex. There is no public action to stop this. Parents must take responsibility and clarify the place of sex in the life of a person. Parents must teach children about the natural drives and instincts and let them decide where they want to go. Public display and promotion of condom use is obscene and toxic as it undermines ones sense of morality and dignity.

  • johan.harlaar.9 - 2012-10-16 09:08

    By the time you got it on the desire has past.

      Andrea - 2012-10-16 09:21

      experience?

  • david.diego.14 - 2012-10-16 09:25

    Thts rbbsh u'r promoting bd attitude 2 our kids,frst deliver those condom to private schools whr u'r chldrn attending,bfr u dlvr 2 the pblc schools,smtms s bd 4 the country 2 b rld by ths bastad uneducated leader!!

  • johnma.star - 2012-10-16 09:53

    This will encourage sex. I'm against it.

  • sandra.mafumo - 2012-10-16 10:25

    its the way to go, this should have been implemented a long time ago. Both the community and our parents are failing to educate the youth and i think this would make a difference to teen pregnancy and hiv & aids.

  • somersetmorkel - 2012-10-16 12:24

    Foolishness in the first degree. It is not contraceptive - it is counterproductive and has the opposite effect. Its like throwing a boomerang and looking the other way.

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