Families needed to “regenerate” the morals of their children, the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) said today.
This was in response to the Jules High School incident where a 15-year-old girl was allegedly raped by three schoolboys last week.
“We are dismayed by the behaviour of the alleged perpetrators who, at their age, have demonstrated a sad scenario of negative and criminal social relations that lack respect for important values, such as respect for human dignity and discipline,” said spokesperson Edna Molewa.
“It is for this reason that we call on families, churches, schools, political parties and student movements to build a cohesive social movement that is based on progressive social values that will instil a culture of not only respect, dignity and discipline, but of tolerance in our quest for moral regeneration.”
A common ground needed to be found were values enshrined in the Constitution could be taught to the youth.
The newly revised plan to make school yards safer, which would be announced by the minister of basic education next week, was a step in the right direction.
This would “put parents at ease and peace knowing that their children attain education in a secure and safe environment”, Molewa said.