Thursday, March 12, 2015

President Zuma clarifies comments made at the National House of Traditional Leaders

Loyiso Langeni
12 March 2015

President Jacob Zuma has come out and clarified comments he made while addressing the National House of Traditional Leaders in Parliament earlier this week.

President Zuma said allowing teenage mothers to leave school was a burden on society and the state's welfare bill.
 
In a statement he said he was misunderstood and did not single out only girls.

Presidential Spokesperson Mac Maharaj said President Zuma was emphasising the need for teenagers to focus on their studies and said children should not be raising children.

Maharaj added that in his remarks he referred to both boys and girls. The statements by commentators that the President singled out girl children only for criticism with regards to teenage pregnancy is incorrect.

“The President also emphasised the correct use of child support grants, saying the money should be spent on the needs of children.” Maharaj added.

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