We must protect women from exploitation - Zuma

2016-06-16 16:01
(Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma says women and girls should be protected from exploitation as the blesser and mavuso phenomena sweep across parts of the country.

"We need to protect our youth, especially young women and girls, from abuse and exploitation through new shocking phenomena in our country such as the so-called sex parties or sex stokvels known as the mavuso," Zuma said during the 2016 Youth Day celebrations at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

"Patrons at taverns take young women home overnight at a price announced at the tavern. We cannot and should not subject our children to this abuse and danger."

Blessers are wealthy men or women who give their partners materialistic things in return for sex. In some instances men pay for luxury apartments, vehicles, holiday destinations and clothes for their 'blessees'. They also give them large amounts of money to maintain their lifestyles.

"The long-term impact on their lives, and also on our successful fight against HIV and Aids is too ghastly to contemplate," Zuma said.

"Government will soon launch a campaign targeting young women, to educate them against such practices. We also need to educate men against using women as objects in this manner."

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