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
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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