Colleta Dewa

is a journalist based in South Africa, who has worked for the Southern Times newspaper and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (TV and radio). Her work has also been published by Guardian, openDemocracy, Real News Network, Unbias The News and Equal Times, among others.


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How teen pregnancies skyrocketed in lockdown

South Africa is fighting to keep girls in school

In most provinces of South Africa, teen pregnancies have more than doubled during the pandemic, and the police often fail to follow up on statutory rape cases. Many schoolgirls have been cornered by the lack of digital tools, exposed to blackmail and exploitation at the hands of those they asked for help so they could participate in online learning.