Young girls should not waste their time with “Blessers” and neglect their education, the North West government said on Monday.
“Blessers” will destroy your future. They will impregnate you and leave you alone with the burden of raising children. Do not indulge in pleasure with ‘blessers’. Some of them are older than your grandfathers. Those ‘blessers’ have already achieved many things in life. Focus on education,” North West social development MEC Hoffman Galeng said.
Galeng was speaking to young girls during his day long programme of distributing sanitary packs to rural schools in Madibogo village in Ratlou Local Municipality. About 781 learners from Mmadisebo Motsitlane primary schools and Obusitse secondary school receive sanitary packs and toiletry from the authorities.
Parents, Galeng said should not allow poverty to make them sell their children to blessers. In some families blessers do entice parents by buying them groceries or giving them money to have access to their young girls. Also known as sugar daddies, they are rich older men who give young women gifts, trips, or money, in exchange for sex.
With strongest words, Galeng has condemned the abuse of children especially young, citing that the government has all the power within legal prescripts to remove abuse children to any secure care centres or places of safety.
“We appeal to the educators here and the school principals to report all sorts of abuse to the authorities. Our social workers are also here in your schools. Perpetrators should be brought to book.
Mmadisebo primary school principal Eva Bolokang said authorities brought sanitary packs at the right when most learners needed them. She said learners bar classes during their menstruation cycles. Others she said use papers and old rags during their menstruation periods.
Needy schools in the province are still to receive sanitary packs from the authorities.