President Jabco Zuma has called on South Africans to rally together and punish male teachers who harass and prey on vulnerable young girls.
The President who along with the Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga attended “Learn Without Fear” rally organized by the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg, said he’s worried about young South African girls because of the day-to-day challenges they encounter and thereby demanded that male teachers who prey on vulnerable young girls be punished.
Addressing Cosas, the President said;
“The question of safety in our schools is the empowerment and protection of girls. You as young leaders must therefore see the opportunity to bring to the fore the plight of the girls in our communities and schools.”
Mr President praised Cosas’s Mantombazane convention initiative aimed at building leadership traits and battling the many challenges school girls encounter.
“This type of initiative is necessary if we are to successfully mobilize the whole of society to deal decisively with; among other things, the evil tendency by some of our male teachers to prey on and harass vulnerable young girls.
As leaders and learners, you also have a responsibility to instill confidence among girls to report to the authorities any attempt by any adult, including teachers, to establish an unsavory and indecent relationship with them.
You must make sure that the relationship between learners and teachers mirrors that of a parent and a child at all times. You must do this with full understanding that any other relationship between learners and teachers which is not informed by parental love contaminates the school environment and will inevitably erode any prospect of meaningful teaching and learning.
By the same measure this conference must address the troubling phenomenon of teenage pregnancy,” Zuma said.
Cosas’s secretary-general, Khulekani Skosana who spoke before the president’s address, warned the Economic Freedom Fighters’ leader – Julius Malema saying the Parliament don’t belong to the EFF and that Cosas isn’t scared of him, City Press reports.