The lack of par­ent­ing on beaches a disgrace to SA

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

SOUTH Africans never learn. I have been writ­ing for years about chil­dren get­ting lost on our beaches ev­ery Christ­mas and New Year. This is an an­nual event, es­pe­cially in Kwazu­luNatal.

How can peo­ple ar­rive on the beach with five chil­dren and go home with four, or even none at all.

Nowhere else in the world would one find this lack of par­ent­ing.

Of course a huge fac­tor is prob­a­bly al­co­hol which, once again, is banned on our beaches but no one takes no­tice.

I see that KwaZulu-Natal of­fi­cials brought out arm­bands to put on chil- dren to trace them at the end of the day. This has re­duced the num­ber of lost chil­dren but now they are find­ing that par­ents are us­ing this as a way to get the au­thor­i­ties to watch over their chil­dren while they party with their il­le­gal al­co­hol.

There is no doubt we need to in­tro­duce lessons on cor­rect par­ent­ing in schools. Th­ese par­ents are a disgrace and should be charged with child ne­glect but we know this won’t hap­pen, and next year we will see the same dis­grace­ful be­hav­iour.

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