Vow to head-hunt ‘sugar mamas and daddies’

2009-12-04 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL ANC Youth League has vowed to name and shame people who are having sexual relationships with young boys and girls, the league’s provincial secretary, Bheki Mtolo, said yesterday.

Mtolo said this will be part of the youth league’s fight against the spread of HIV and Aids.

This comes after MEC for Health Dr Sibongiseni Dlomo told scores of people in Dannhauser, Amajuba District, on Tuesday that poverty and “sugar mama” and “sugar daddy” relationships are hampering the fight against the pandemic.

He was speaking at a function to commemorate World Aids Day.

In January 2010, the league will embark on a campaign to name and shame people who have sexual relationships with underage children.

“To support the government’s initiative to fight HIV and Aids, we will be intensifying our “one boyfriend, one girlfriend” campaign as part of ensuring the practice of safe sex amongst the youth.

“Furthermore, we warn those who involve themselves in sexual relationships with young boys and girls that we will be on them soon,” Mtolo said.

Recent statistics on Aids show that many young girls are contracting the disease from older men, who lure them with the promise of a “bling” lifestyle, driving in flashy cars, and a ne­ver-ending supply of gifts, such as clothes, cellphones and airtime, he said.

The campaign will continue until the perpetrators are brought to book.

Asked if the targeted people will be of a certain social standing and political affiliation, Mtolo said their affiliation won’t prevent them from being exposed if they are found to be involved in damaging young girls and boys.

“Whether you are ANC or any other political organisation, you will not be immune from being named and shamed,” he said.

Mtolo said members of the league will also join President Jacob Zuma in checking their HIV status.

He added that everyone should have themselves tested as a first step to leading a responsible lifestyle.

The Democratic Alliance youth leader, Zwakele Mncwangu, said bringing back the spirit of ubuntu is what is needed to handle the issue of older people having relationships with children.

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