Walking the 'say no to sex' talk

2010-09-02 00:00

THE Ethekwini Community Church (ECC) yesterday embarked on its Pietermaritzburg leg of the “Abstinence Walk”, drawing hundreds participants.

The Pietermaritzburg stretch started at Camperdown and ended at Edendale’s FNB Wadley Stadium.

The “Abstinence Walk” started at KwaMashu Station on Saturday and proceeded to Inanda Ohlange.

It was initiated by Pastor Vusi Dube and has been running for eight years.

The “Abstinence Walk” is a journey in which participants walk more than 260 kilometres in five days.

Speaking to The Witness, Dube said: “This year’s walk has been greater than the previous seven events, because more people participated in it.”

He said people always refer to today’s young people as a lost generation, but, he added, “The young people of today are as powerful as the youth of 1976 to drive this country forward.

“The abstinence walk is a platform created to cater for young people who do not qualify to go to the Reed Dance ceremony [uMkhosi woMhlanga] because they are no longer virgins.

He said the church saw a need to establish the programme to help the youth learn to adapt when they abstain from sexual activity. “We have idolised the use of condoms more than pushing for more people into understanding the importance of abstinence,” said Dube.

The message of the walk is Siyabancisha”, which means abstaining from sex before the right time.

He said: “As we come to the end of Women’s Month, we want to echo to all the corners of the country: every woman has a right to say no to sex.

“We will be preaching the message of abstinence to multitudes of provincial youth at various stops,” said Dube.

The walk moves on to Mpolweni, New Hanover and Mdlovana (Greytown).

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