IFP Women’s Bri­gade de­fends vir­gin­ity test­ing for maid­ens

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Wise­man Mthiyane

THE IFP Women’s Bri­gade has added its weight in sup­port of maid­ens who are chal­leng­ing the United Na­tion’s hu­man rights call to end vir­gin­ity test­ing.

Na­tional Chair­per­son Them­beni kaMad­lopha-Mthethwa said her party would con­tinue ad­vo­cat­ing vir­gin­ity test­ing, be­cause they felt it pro­vided more ben­e­fits to so­ci­ety as a whole.

Her com­ments fol­low the re­cent march of hun­dreds of maid­ens to KZN Premier Wil­lies Mchunu’s of­fice in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, to ex­press their dis­plea­sure about the UN’s call.

‘It is er­ro­neous for these organisations to al­ways view our cul­ture from a nega­tive per­spec­tive.

‘Vir­gin­ity test­ing has a strong cul­tural iden­tity and is as­so­ci­ated with sel­f­re­spect, mod­esty and pride. Fur­ther­more, test­ing has not killed or hu­mil­i­ated any women as is the case with other tra­di­tional ri­tu­als.

‘Vir­gin­ity test­ing pro­motes sex­ual ab­sti­nence, pre­vents sex­ual dis­eases such as HIV/ Aids, un­wanted teenage preg­nan­cies and serves to curb the scourge of sugar dad­dies and blessers,’ kaMad­lophaM­thethwa said.

‘It is un­ac­cept­able that nowa­days chil­dren are giv­ing birth to other chil­dren while still de­pen­dent on their par­ents.

‘There has been a dis­turb­ing in­crease of young girls be­com­ing in­fected with HIV/Aids and other sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases. Com­mu­ni­ties are there­fore re­viv­ing this cul­tural tra­di­tion as a way to ed­u­cate and safe­guard young women against these prob­lems.

‘The testers are older, ex­pe­ri­enced women from the re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties who are do­ing a good job in ex­pos­ing child rape cases and in­cest. Vir­gin­ity testers also run reg­u­lar work­shops on bul­ly­ing, life skills, hu­man traf­fick­ing and health and safety is­sues to em­power the maid­ens.

‘If our maid­ens had prob­lems against the rit­ual, they would have taken to the streets to protest against it.

‘We do not need these organisations to be dic­tat­ing to us as Africans on what to do and what not to do.

‘We fully sup­port His Majesty, the Zulu King for pro­mot­ing and re­viv­ing tra­di­tions such as Umkhosi Womh­langa (Reed Dance).

‘Even Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa must stand up and be in sol­i­dar­ity with the maid­ens and de­nounce what these organisations are call­ing for.’

If our maid­ens had prob­lems against the rit­ual, they would have taken to the streets to protest against it

IFP Women’s Bri­gade Chair­per­son Them­beni kaMad­lopha-Mthethwa

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