Children’s parliament calls for a total ban of alcohol advertising

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Members of the children’s parliament is appealing to the government to look into the accessibility of alcohol in their communities, especially black communities, and urged that the age of alcohol sale should be increased.

Some of the issues that concerned the members was the high number of children who are committing suicide.

Honourable Nkosi Thembela (14) from Mpumalanga Province acknowledged that parents needed to be exemplary and very careful about drinking in the presence of children. He moved to submit that most children had access to media and that the amount of alcohol advertising should be given a closer look. “As children, we would like to see the government limiting how alcohol is advertised, by putting more programmes in place to monitor alcohol advertisement”.

Held under the theme: “Maximising the voices of children in addressing social ills affecting them;”

Nelson Mandela Children’s Parliament seeks to ensure that children are given an opportunity to speak out freely pertaining issues affecting them.

Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu, honoured their sitting. Minister Zulu said: “We have heard your concern regarding and adverts that glamorise alcohol especially during prime time.” She said just like she delivered the Children’s Manifesto, she is willing to take their correspondence to President Ramaphosa.

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