“Girls, never sleep your way up,”

2017-06-01 06:00
Learners singing during the visit of Ayanda Dlodlo, the minister of Communications, at False Bay TVET College, in Khayelitsha, on Thursday.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni maseko

Learners singing during the visit of Ayanda Dlodlo, the minister of Communications, at False Bay TVET College, in Khayelitsha, on Thursday.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni maseko

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Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has added her voice to the chorus against the continued killing of women and children and xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals last Thursday, Africa Day.

She was delivering a public lecture at the False Bay TVET College in Khayelitsha.

The theme for the community dialogue was: “The role that our history plays in building a better Africa and a better world.”

She encouraged everyone to participate in fighting murders of children and women.

“I grew-up at a time where men did not rape five year old girls. I grew up in a country where men respected women.

I ask men to reflect on who they are. Treat the girls as qualifying citizens of our country and with respect.

Real men do not rape, they do not beat-up women and they do not terrorise their communities.

Bring-up children to respect others, not a child that will be an asset of correctional services (prison),” Dlodlo said.

She said xenophobia should not happen.

“We are separated by borders that were created by colonial Europeans to enrich themselves. When Africans come down here you kill them like dogs. Africans are warm, that is why we were robbed of our land.

It is because we are warm and welcoming. Open your hearts and welcome those who seek refuge in the country,” she said

She advised female students not to mistreat those who cannot afford materialistic goods.

“Do not think you are better than the next girl when you have a weave and she does not have one.

When you date older man, then who are you expecting the boys your age to date? Never sleep your way up the cooperate ladder. You have to work for what you want. Go to school, because you want to contribute to the economy of the country, not because you want to get employed. Economic opportunities in this country are aplenty,” she added.

She told the students to befriend other youth from African countries and learn from them.

“You have other youth coming from other African countries, but you do not even befriend them. They come and learn things that will help them and then go back to their countries to implement the information they gained here while you did not learn anything from them,” she said.

Andile Klass, of the Student Representative Council (SRC), said they were blessed to be visited by two ministers in a space of one month.

Dlodlo’s visit follows after the one by Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education, earlier in the month.

“It shows that government has an interest in the development of the Black child... It is up to us not to fail the legacy of leaders who came before us. It is only us who can liberate ourselves,” Klass said.

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