Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi was speaking during his budget vote in Parliament.
Motsoaledi says the three-year campaign aims to educate women between the ages of 15 and 24, and the men who infect and impregnate them.
According to the MEC for Health, Qedani Mahlangu, the offer of psychological services followed her visit to Pretoria where a councillor was charged with statutory rape for allegedly being in a relationship with a teenage girl.
The photo of the councillor and the Grade 10 teenager went viral on social media last week.
“If you are a young girl and feel trapped in a relationship with an older man or you are a concerned family member of a young girl in an abusive relationship, call the Gauteng government public hotline on 086-00-11000,” Mahlangu said.
”While the Gauteng government respects the judicial processes that are currently underway, we appeal to all the people of Gauteng, especially men, to respect the rights of young girls and refrain from engaging in sexual activities with underage girls.”
(Africa News Agency)