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03 September 2013

South Africa grapples with dilemma of pregnant students

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

A recent Constitutional Court ruling in South Africa has confirmed that schools cannot expel students for becoming pregnant, but the BBC’s Pumza Fihlani reports that the country is still struggling to cope with the issue, which affects some 180,000 girls each year.

Shrill wails fill the maternity ward of Durban’s King Dinuzulu public hospital.

One scream, followed by another, then another – a disturbing chorus of tormented cries and laboured breathing. Three teenagers are about to give birth.

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Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

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