This week on Mamello, Keneilwe (played by Tsholo Matshaba) had a hard time trying to convince both the parents and teachers of Mamello High School of the importance of sex education.
We caught up with Jude Tshisevhe who plays the character Patrick on the new SABC 2 drama Mamello. He shares his thoughts on teenage pregnancy.
Do you think South Africa has a big problem of teenage pregnancy?
“It’s as problematic as statistics say and I think the main culprit is the boy child. Yes it takes two to tango but at the end of the day it’s the boy that plants the seed. Unfortunately it goes back to the relationship between the boy and the father – the lesser chances of a boy child impregnating a girl is preparation. A father should protect and prepare a child for that. If fathers are still shying away from that we will still have the problem.”
Why do you think fathers don’t speak to their children about sex?
“It goes back to our upbringing and culture; our parents didn’t know how to broach the subject. Fathers have to do things differently to how they grew up. If fathers are still not open about sex, it will persist. The only way to solve the issue is to talk about it.”
Do you think sex education should be prioritized?
“Yes, because children need to know. Tell the truth. Sugar coating is not going to work.”
Did your parents talk to you about sex when you were growing up?
My mother did. My mother was a pastor and she was very open. She did try to prepare me for that. My dad did absolutely nothing. All he said was that he was going to kick my ass if I ever got a girl pregnant.
Watch Jude Tshisevhe talk about his role on Mamello below: