President Jacob Zuma has re-emphasized the need to protect young South African women from being preyed on by blessers moving around in most parts of the country.
In South Africa, the slang ‘Blessers’ refer to wealthy men or women who give their partners materialistic things in exchange for sex. In some cases, these men or women buys luxury apartments, vehicles, holiday destinations and clothes for their ‘blessees’.
Zuma was speaking at the 2016 Youth Day celebrations at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.
He said, “we need to protect our youth, especially young South African 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.
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. The long-term impact on their lives, and also on our successful fight against HIV and Aids is too ghastly to contemplate.”
He further disclosed that government will soon launch a campaign targeting young South African women to educate them against such practices.
Also, Zuma asserted that soon South African men will be educated on the need to shun using women as objects of abuse. He told the mammoth crowd that the freedom the country enjoys today came at a cost.
“Our freedom was nthabiseng [happiness] free. Many paid a heavy price for it. Many lives were destroyed, many lives were lost. We thank the parents who supported the struggle… we acknowledge the contribution of doctors, nurses and other health care practitioners who treated the injured.
We also acknowledge 400 white students from Wits who marched in solidarity with Soweto students,” Zuma added.
He said it’s a good thing race no longer determines where one lives or where one goes to school or church.
Black people no longer have to carry passes to live and work in urban areas, he said and reminded the audience that Youth Day presents an opportunity not only to remember the 1976 Soweto uprising, but to focus on the issues facing young South Africans.