SA census staff given condoms – for use in personal time only

Staff
conducting a census in South Africa have been issued with condoms in case they
are "led into temptation" during the course of their duties.

The
Daily Telegraph reports that more than 100,000 census officials visiting
households this week have been issued with the contraception as part of the
country’s Aids awareness programme.

"The
condoms are for use in their personal time," said Owen Thothela, the Free
State census manager, but he added that it was just as well that staff were
prepared at work.

Opposition
MPs voiced concerns that workers may be encouraged to forget their task was to
accumulate statistics.

By Ben Willmott

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