Women’s league supports virginity testing

2015-05-01 17:32
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Newly elected Harry Gwala ANC women’s league regional structure (from left) treasurer Thoko Sondzaba, deputy secretary Notlahla Mathanda, secretary Ntuseng Mapasa Duma, deputy chairperson Zintle Miya and chairperson Thembi Zikode.

PHOTO: supplied Newly elected Harry Gwala ANC women’s league regional structure (from left) treasurer Thoko Sondzaba, deputy secretary Notlahla Mathanda, secretary Ntuseng Mapasa Duma, deputy chairperson Zintle Miya and chairperson Thembi Zikode.

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THE newly elected Harry Gwala Regional ANC Women’s League has affirmed its commitment to abolish the cultural practice of ukuthwala (kidnapping of young girls for forced-marriage purposes).

The practice was condemned at the women’s league regional two-day conference at Umzimkhulu College­ last weekend.

Newly elected secretary Ntuseng Mapasa Duma said the conference concluded that forced marriages must be abolished, but that virginity testing must continue.

The condemnation comes after parts of Umzimkhulu and Creighton still practise the cultural of forced marriages.

“As the women’s league in this region­ we encourage the cultural practice of virginity testing, calling that women who test girls must be skilled at doing so,” said Duma.

The new leadership committed itself to work towards the integration of women in the mainstream economy.

“Our municipalities and development agencies must play the important role of developing women and we encourage them to start gardens in their home.

“We are going to help them to get funding,” said Duma.

She said they will ensure that women get sewing machines and become productive in order to fight poverty.

Elected members included Thembi Zikode as chairperson, Zintle Miya as deputy chairperson, Thoko Sondzaba as treasurer, Ntuseng Mapasa Duma as secretary and Nontlahla Mathanda as deputy secretary.

Zikode said they resolved that government must regulate social media because it is part of moral decay in South Africa.

She said that delegates at the conference must go back to their wards and count how many foreign people are in their wards and see what they are doing.

Duma recommended that municipalities­ must tighten by-laws with regard church groups erecting tents in part of Harry Gwala because some promote satanism­.

“Churches must comply with by-laws especially when it comes to erecting tents.”

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