Girls between the ages of 10 and 13 were injected with contraceptives at their primary school in Zwide, Port Elizabeth, according to a news report on Tuesday, in order to prevent unwanted pregnancies in the case of rape.
One of the victims, Nandipha Ngalo’s 11-year-old daughter was injected at Emzomncane Primary by the Dora Nginza Hospital’s family planning unit.
Ngalo said, “My concern is what effect this will have on my daughter because she hasn’t even started menstruating.”
A Grade 6 pupil said the family planning unit gave them “a talk about menstruation and all that happens” and then injected each girl.
The unit told the girls that the injection would prevent pregnancy if they were raped.
Parents were called in afterwards and informed that their children had received birth control injections.
Nelson Mandela Bay gynecologist Marcus van Heerden said the move was “totally unethical” and that the injection could delay puberty in such young girls.