Female pupils in South Africa have been chastised for being told to “open books and shut their legs,” according to the local health minister. Phophi Ramathuba made a statement while visiting a high school to encourage abstinence and minimize the number of adolescent pregnancies. Users on social media chastised the message, questioning why it was directed just at girls. Ramatuba defended the statement, claiming that it was aimed at both males and girls. On Wednesday, the Limpopo Minister of Health paid a visit to Gwenane Secondary School in Sekgakgapeng to commemorate the start of the new school year. “I tell the small girl to open her book and close her legs. Instead of opening your legs, you should open the book. Thank you very much.” After that, she was chastised for her remarks.
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