KZN government departments joined hands and marched against “blessers” recently.
The departments said they were worried about the rate at which the blessers were growing in the province.
A blesser is a new trending term that refers to sugar daddies who “bless” young girls with lavish gifts in return for s-e-x.
KZN Premier Senzo Mchunu, MEC for health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo and MEC for arts and culture Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha received overwhelming support from residents of Umkhanyakude in a campaign aimed at reminding young girls not to be fooled by the lavish lifestyle they were offered by the blessers.
Mchunu said the KZN government had received a R440 million sponsorship from abroad that would help fight the war against blessers, who destroyed the future of young girls with no remorse.
“The funding will help us launch a campaign called Dreams. It will specifically teach young girls about the importance of independence and the dangers of relying on older men for a lavish lifestyle,” said Mchunu. The Department of Health revealed that the Umkhanyakude area had a total of 13 160 young girls who were impregnated by older men from April last year to March this year.
Mchunu said these figures were shocking and they needed an urgent intervention. “This declares war. We can’t fold our hands and look at the future of our young girls being destroyed by old men.”
Umkhanyakude resident Njabulo Dlamini (54) said as parents they strongly condemned heartless blessers who indirectly destroyed their own kids. The blessers’ lifestyle had become more popular and fashionable among young women yet it didn’t bear good fruit at the end.