‘Sex is a choice, periods natural’

2018-06-21 06:01
Jada the Poet recites a verse during the Youth Day activities at Beautiful Gate. PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

Jada the Poet recites a verse during the Youth Day activities at Beautiful Gate. PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

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As the 42nd anniversary of the 16 June 1976 dawned on the country, the many faceted challenges of unemployment, crime, drugs and alcohol abuse faced by the youth were brought to the fore.

Last Friday, City Vision visited two separate events commemorating the sacrifices of the class of 1976 .

These were among many others held around the country.

Speakers at the Matthew Goniwe Memorial High School in Site B, encouraged the youth to strive for healthy lifestyles and to focus on their studies.

Ward 89 Councillor Monde Nqulwana described the challenges faced by the youth of 1976 as totally different to the challenges facing the youth of today.

“Our current problems are unemployment, crime and health issues. We want(the) youth be involved in all spheres of government. Our government needs to ensure that it involves parents and learners when setting the curriculum,” said Nqulwana.

He urged the government to stop distributing condoms in public facilities as it perpetuated sexual activities among children.

“Instead of the government distributing condoms in libraries and clinics, it can provide free sanitary towels in schools, because sex is a choice and menstruation is natural.

Many young girls have to stay at home when they are on periods, because they don’t have the money to buy pads,” he said, to rapturous applause.

Mayco member (East), Anda Ntsodo, urged the youth to prioritise education and live healthy lifestyles.

“We encourage the youth to be friends of medical centres. There are youth clinics that help people from various ailments like sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/Aids and other ... There are professional nurses that can assist them,” said Ntsodo. He advised the youth to use protection every time the engage in sex or they can choose to abstain.

Ayanda Farrar, from Beautiful Gate, reiterated Nqulwana’s sentiment that unemployment among the youth is a huge challenge.

“There is also the problem of inequality in education between local and former model C schools which needs to be addressed.

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