King Zwelithini appalled by sex education in schools

King Zwelithini appalled by sex education in schools

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has slammed the Department of Basic Education's Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) programme in schools.

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini PMB

Speaking at the official opening of KZN's Legislature in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday, Zwelithini said the department is jumping the gun when it comes to sex education. 

"I feel teary when I think about this. I have seen the illustrations, and it is disgusting." 

"This is anti-Christ. Our culture does not allow this," said Zwelithini. 

He continued: "Schools will be able to teach our children about sex, this includes oral sex and masturbation, without permission or consultation with parents." 

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In 2019, the department announced that it would pilot the CSE programme to be tested in selected schools - especially those that have recorded high HIV infection rates, teenage pregnancies and sexual abuse - this year. 

The programme sparked an outcry after some of its contents were made public.

Some of the concerns raised over CSE include a lack of consultation with key stakeholders, age-appropriateness and the potential of it promoting risky sexual behaviour.

Zwelithini says the department has shown no concern for how parents want to raise their children. 

"We are here knowing that all citizens are equal in our democratic country. This government is for the people. We didn't know that one day there will be a time where they don't care about our opinion of the way that we want to raise our children," he said. 

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