22 girls in KZN district in forced marriages

2012-11-17 18:23

Johannesburg - Twenty-two girls in the Bergville district in KwaZulu-Natal were abducted and forced into marriage in a practise known as ukuthwala according to a report on Saturday.

The Weekend Witness reported that this was revealed in an investigation conducted by the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE).

The CGE on Friday hosted a debate on ukuthwala in Durban and presented its findings, including how various government departments responded to ukuthwala.

The CGE's Nomusa Kunene said the probe identified certain areas as ukuthwala hotspots.

She had heard of one case where a 13-year-old was abducted and tied to a tree to prevent her escaping from her prospective 'husband'.

Kunene said some religious groups saw the practise as a measure against the spread of HIV, because it promoted early marriage.

Some parents were complicit as they viewed their girl children as "cash cows" because they wanted money or cattle in exchange for their daughters' forced marriages.

CGE researcher Taryn Powys said: "We should not confuse the traditional practice of ukuthwala with the criminal activities being perpetrated by young men and the parents of young girls who force them to marry...

"This is a crime, pure and simple."

  • moriri.mosweu - 2012-11-17 18:30

    Israel is bombing the wrong provinces you know...

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-11-17 18:35

      Show you the bafoon mentality this country had for there children!

      PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-11-17 18:51

      Skaam is weg! The ANC should be speaking out about this from the highest levels, but they're too busy taking showers and lining their own pockets, it seems.

      rikus.zietsman1967 - 2012-11-17 19:09

      Uhm Jack and Charles stop stereotyping. You can't ascribe something to a whole racial group based on the actions of a few. E.g. all Afrikaners aren't paedophiles simply because Johannes Jacobus Steyn raped some kids. But I suspect you simply can't help but be racist:

      BulletProof. - 2012-11-17 21:08

      I veement protest against this trogolodite pratice, but the example comes from this traditional pratice, Government must take action,NOW!!!!

      BulletProof. - 2012-11-17 21:15

      @Jack Blind, We can not just accept things if they are tradition, if the tradition is wrong acording the fair and moral beliefs of the modern and civilized world.

  • liveby.thesword.1 - 2012-11-17 18:45

    primitive practices......and our president leading from the front on this subject

  • mshiniboys - 2012-11-17 19:12

    I would advice the westerners to keep quiet on this one because they like to blow things out of propotion all the time.not so long ago they were complaining about Indian women covering their heads but they support prostitution because it serves their dirty stupid habits well.

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-11-18 11:09

      Westerners do not support prostitution. All men do in every society and not only South Africa. It is the oldest profession in the world and there is no shame in working for a living instead of stealing. There are more dark prostitutes than light ones just because of population demographics in SA. Why does Africa have the highest AIDS figures in the world? Zuma set the standard on dirty stupid habits and you voted for him so what does that sayabout you?

      liveby.thesword.1 - 2012-11-24 22:19

      @mshinibooi.....i would advise you to keep your tongue(fingers) motionless because your using a westernized platform here fool.....just a quick question...those prostitutes you talk about..who are their pimps?africans?...this just goes to show your lack of understanding of the world in 2012.

  • thunder.clap.587 - 2012-11-17 19:30

    Wat u dnt know is these youngsters love to get married,they dream bout that all nite given the shortage of men these days mostly coz men r turnin gay at a tremendous rate

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-11-17 20:44

      what are you smoking dude?

      thunder.clap.587 - 2012-11-17 21:26

      I am not smokin an weed coz my brain wud be numb to even think,if u smoke it u have to quit.

  • phillip.marchant.52 - 2012-11-17 19:45

    Yes, Mshiniboys, I am a westerner, and I'm going to take your advice. Well, not that I'm going to keep quiet, but I only wish to agree that the whole question of Ukuthwala, the kidnapping, rape and forced marriage of young innocents by filthy men five times their age is always blown out of proportion by us westerners, who just won't believe that this is actually the very destiny that young African women secretly aspire to. The practice is a humane one, promising the young bride a lifting of the tiresome burden of a school career, her first pregnancy by age thirteen, and a wonderful clutch of children, by eighteen. Who says Ukuthwala is just to satisfy the lust of dirty old men? Certainly not - what are women for, in any case? It is precisely this reason that president Zuma wants to escalate the law courts into the office of High Kraal, so that more of your infinite wisdom can permeate society. Well done, for speaking the truth - this country has a bright future to look forward to, when you become a Mshiniman.

      ReaperAJ - 2012-11-18 11:24

      Mshiniboys... I do not support prostitution at all. I didn't vote on it. I don't subscribe to it and funnily enough, I mostly see BLACK prostitutes on the road side. 2 particular ladies on the verge just down the road from where I live in a suburb of all things. It disgusts me. You are an imbecilic, racist cretin. You obviously place no value on the female of the species. As for whites being the destroyers... well, from what my eyes have seen when I visited Nqutu, I was horrified at how dirty and disgusting the place was. I'll never forget seeing a black woman with her child, standing on top of a huge pile of stinking litter, eating KFC and then throwing her garbage down on top of it. The irony? There was an empty dustbin nearby. A dead donkey rotting on the road side, many people walking past it. People selling food right nearby all that disgusting filth too. You call us destroyers? Durban looks like a poverty stricken, filthy town since the black government took over, it's crime riddled, no decent public transport to speak of, people braaing meat wherever they please on the roadside, when your lot have invaded the beach, the place looks like a bomb has hit it, used condoms lying everywhere and hundreds of abandoned children whose parents never show up again. You call us destroyers? I think not. Since all the taxpayers money is wound up in your presidents corrupt dealings, not even your own poor people get the help they so badly need. Get a life, please.

      mshiniboys - 2012-11-18 15:09

      There you said it yourself...the prostitutes you see are as a result of not having been able to get a man to mary and take care of them due to our culture being destroyed by your for donkey and kfc you should see that towns are a breeding place for diseases and they were created by you.take responsibility for once in your life time.

  • ppisciotta - 2012-11-17 20:21

    This is the "African Way" spoken about by shower-head.

  • mshiniboys - 2012-11-17 20:34

    This culture was started by white people when they raped black women who gave birth to coloured during apartheid.more than 22 women then.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-11-17 20:47

      And you have proof of this?

      mshiniboys - 2012-11-17 21:16

      Coloureds do exist we do not need proof to know that

      michael.bushes.9 - 2012-11-17 22:07

      What black women did they rape? They raped Khoisan woman, who are not black, and by the way, black+white DOES NOT equal coloured, otherwise we would also believe that rabbits will shield one better from bullets.

      Heather Bruder Henning - 2012-11-17 22:44

      mshiniboys-so because it happened in the PAST its ok to let it happen again? nobody deserves to be treated like an object especially helpless children who look up to their parents, parents that are supposed to love and protect them and keep them safe from the monsters of this world!

      ppisciotta - 2012-11-17 22:54

      mshiniboys - you are just angry you are not white. Get over yourself and do something constructive.

      mshiniboys - 2012-11-18 00:52

      Pap really now? :) maybe I would envy a 'white' complexion but not tends to expose people to sun burns and skin diseases.No I dont want that colour.

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-17 23:16

    WE WILL "DO IT OUR WAY" Mashini'yam mashini'wam teenie mashini'yam Not for "Clever Blacks" Mashini'yam mashini'wam teenie mashini'yam

  • popza.nzama - 2012-11-18 01:32

    I am against abduction because it takes away another person's rights.But this is not a case of abduction as defined in the law.It is culture practised by particular people in the particular area.These people have a right to practice their culture.

  • mark.uys.5 - 2012-11-18 07:51

    yes, whitemen even started Gods heaven! we did everything, even visited mars to check if everythings ok!

      mshiniboys - 2012-11-18 10:23

      Who gives a damn about mars and all crap when we are on earth? All your claims are people do not understand anything about life except detroying it

  • gail.hayesbean - 2012-11-18 10:58

    Hardly surprising. This is Kwa-Zuma-Natal where anything goes when it comes to breaking the law with regards marriage and women. Oh and building them houses with taxpayers money as well.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-18 17:32

    Poor kids, make a spectacle of these brutes that rape these lttle girls, throw them in jail for life.

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