Sowetan

We must move with the times

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IT IS very unfortunat­e that many of our people are failing to move with the times.

I have noted with great concern high school pupils wishing to pass matric so that “they can rest”.

These are the very same people who do not know that when we talk of the illiterate in the 21st century, we no longer refer only to those who cannot read and write but also to those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.

On the other hand, we have parents who see it as unbecoming and un African to talk about issues surroundin­g their children’s sex lives, even the risks of HIV/Aids.

While they choose to be silent, their children get infected and eventually die. These are the parents who sacrifice the lives of their vulnerable children in favour of what was considered a taboo topic years ago.

Unemployed mothers keep quiet when their lovers rape their daughters because they fear that if they report them to the police, they will lose breadwinne­rs.

Our nation is dying, and before we know it, all of us will be gone.

Mahele Ngoma, Gottenburg eManyeleti

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