- 27 learners reportedly fell pregnant at a Limpopo school
- Learners have blamed "blessers" for the pregnancies
- They say the girls "don't want to be broke"
"Blessers" who dish out money to schoolgirls are to blame for 27 pregnancies at Molautsi Secondary School in Limpopo, say learners at the school.
As Briefly.co.za reported recently, SAFM News first broke the news of the pregnancies on 25 July, leaving many South Africans shocked.
The pregnant schoolgirls are reportedly in Grades 10, 11 and 12. The news came just weeks after a teenage girl gave birth to triplets in Blood River village in Limpopo.
Sowetan Live has now quoted several learners who claimed that schoolgirls who "don't want to be broke" are lured by money from blessers. One said:
They say they don't want to be broke; these men give them money. Some of these men have multiple girlfriends around the area.
Another Grade 12 learner said schoolgirls often go to taverns where they meet older guys, who then buy them alcohol.
Limpopo provincial health department spokesman, Neil Shikwambana, said the province has started a "Blessers Must Fall" programme.
Shikwambana said the blesser phenomenon is contributing to unwanted teenage pregnancies as well as the spread of HIV.
A resident argued that authorities should provide mobile health clinics for learners to get contraceptives more easily.
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