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Outdated cultural practices contribute to teenage pregnancies in KZN

# KZN Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane attributes part of the issue of increased teenage pregnancies to outdated cultural practices, including ‘inhlawulo’ or damages. This practice involves payment to the family of a woman pregnant out of wedlock by the expectant father. Simelane calls for an immediate shift towards the arrest of perpetrators rather than the payment of damages. Expressing concern, she notes the Health Department’s ongoing worry about the high rate of unplanned pregnancies and the demand for safe termination within the ten to 19-year age group.