Health minister frowns upon ‘blessers’

2016-05-19 06:00

YOUNG women are going crazy trying to find a “blesser”. The term “blesser” is doing the rounds and has been defined as rich men who shower females with expensive gifts.

Social networks are abuzz about the topic, with pages such as “Blesserfinder” appearing. These pages are created for women to “like” and register as blesser seekers. Blessers also use the pages to find blessees.

This blesser mentality is found pre- dominantly­ in black urban circles where blessers have become the top conversation and the rage.

According to reports on News24, the Young Communist League of South Africa on Sunday blasted the “blesser” phenomenon saying it was sugar daddies who exploited young women.

“The YCLSA expresses itself strongly against the emerging tendency of ‘blessers’ [euphemism for sugar daddies] as it seeks to encourage transactional sex and victimisation of young women,” the organisation said in a statement following its recent national committee meeting in Johannesburg.

“The vulnerability of our sisters should not be preyed on by older men with an unlimited desire for sex with young women in exchange for money and related favours,” said the organisation.

On Wednesday night broadcast a story about blessers following health minister Aaron Motsoaledi announcing a new programme aimed at keeping girls in school, weaning them off sugar daddies, and reducing teenage pregnancy.

Motsoaledi outlined the campaign’s objectives during his budget vote in Parliament on Wednesday. He said the plan is also aimed at decreasing infections and keeping girls in school until matric.

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