Letter: Parenting on beaches a disgrace

IOL  Boxing Beach DONE INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS File photo: Matthew Jordaan

How can people arrive on the beach with five children and go home with four, or even none at all, asks Barbie Sandler.

Cape Town - South Africans never learn. I have been writing for years about children getting lost on our beaches every Christmas and New Year. This is an annual event, especially in Kwazulu-Natal.

How can people arrive on the beach with five children and go home with four, or even none at all.

Nowhere else in the world would one find this lack of parenting.

Of course a huge factor is probably alcohol which, once again, is banned on our beaches but no one takes notice.

I see that KwaZulu-Natal officials brought out armbands to put on children to trace them at the end of the day. This has reduced the number of lost children but now they are finding that parents are using this as a way to get the authorities to watch over their children while they party with their illegal alcohol.

There is no doubt we need to introduce lessons on correct parenting in schools. These parents are a disgrace and should be charged with child neglect but we know this won’t happen, and next year we will see the same disgraceful behaviour.

Barbie Sandler

Claremont

Weekend Argus

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