By Michael Swain, Executive Director of FOR SA

Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA) has been in contact TODAY (May 14th, 2019) with Mr Elijah Mhlanga in the Department of Basis Education, who confirmed that they have conducted a process of consultation to review the “life skills” curriculum, which will include components of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE).

Mr Mhlanga confirmed that “Dr Eve”, a sex therapist whose liberal views on sex and human sexuality are well-known, has been a member of the team reviewing the curriculum. He was very unhappy that she had broken a confidentiality agreement and spoken to the media. He said that this was premature because the Department has not yet completed their research and the writing/publication of the new curriculum, which is due for implementation in 2020 after they have also conducted extensive teacher training.

When asked specifically whether (or not) parents would be given the opportunity to see the curriculum in advance and to know what it contained before it was taught to their children – as well as have the right to withdraw their children from exposure to such teaching should it conflict with their values as parents – he said that he would only respond to this in writing.

His contact details are as follows:
Email: mhlanga.e@dbe.gov.za
Cell: 083 580 8275

Michael was raised in England, graduating from the University of Bristol with an honours degree in Law before immigrating to South Africa in 1983. He has been a successful businessman as well as having spent over 25 years in ministry in South Africa, Europe and the USA. He serves as the Executive Director of Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA).