As the festive season gets into full swing, the IFP KZN Women's Brigade warns South Africans, especially young girls about the dangers of alcohol, substance abuse and sugar daddies.
"Aids infection in young girls has become a "moral issue" and deserve attention. It sad that sugar daddies" can ruin the future of young girls who are the future mothers of this country. It's a disgrace to us. Those who do such things are acting irresponsibly towards our children and must be sent to jail. Young girls get into these relationships because there is a reward. Most of them come from vulnerable backgrounds, and are under severe peer pressure," said KwaZulu-Natal IFP Women’s Brigade Chairwoman Thokozile Joyce “TJ” Gumede.
"They need to stop looking for the easy route. They will have to work hard to achieve their goals. They must make a habit of this until it translates into self-confidence and self-reliance. Doing this will make them less vulnerable to these wealthy men whose only intention is to break them down. But these girls can't do it alone. Older women need to play a mentoring role. We should not stand by and watch them being exploited by these sugar daddies as they hope they will guide them," continued Gumede.
"We further warn them about alcohol abuse.Excessive drinking is often viewed as a passing problem until it really gets out of hand, at which point most families hide the issue due to shame. There is now a great need to address “alcoholism and to stop justifying the behaviour of an alcoholic," concluded Mrs Gumede.
The IFP KZN Women's Brigade wishes all the KZN residents a pleasant Christmas period. As we do this, let us spread messages of love and peace to all people.
Issued by: IFP KZN Women's Brigade Provincial Chairperson, Cllr TJ Gumede, 073 583 8585
Date: 22 December 2015