Angie Motshekga Must Provide Evidence That Virginity Testing is Abusive
18 December 2014.
The IFP Women's Brigade has challenged Angie
Motshekga, ANCWL President to provide evidence that virginity
testing is abusive to young women, after she announced that harmful
cultural practices like ukuthwala and virginity-testing should be
"Motshekga's statement is irresponsible. Her
utterances are disturbing to the Royal Family and the Zulu Nation.
Anyone who claims that virginity testing is abusive must come
forward and provide evidence to support their case. We expect the
Women's League to support any efforts to encourage young girls to
stay away from sexual relationships before marriage, but once again
the ANCWL continues to discourage them," said IFP Womens Brigade
National Chairperson, Mrs Thembeni kaMadlopha-Mthethwa.
"We want to caution Angie Motshekga not to
provoke the Royal Household and the Zulu Nation. She should rather
be focusing her energies on improving our education system which has
failed our children. She should be eradicating mud-schools,
improving security in our schools, improving salaries and working
conditions of teachers. She must stop talking on behalf of the girls
who are proud of participating in virginity testing. She should also
understand that the testing is voluntary and the girls are inspected
of their own free will," continued Mrs Madlopha-Mthethwa.
"In 2004 President Jacob Zuma, when he was Deputy
President, speaking at the AmaMpondomise heritage celebrations held
at Emdibanisweni Great Place near Umtata in the Eastern Cape, said
that the ancient practice of virginity testing is a viable solution
to curbing the spread of HIV/Aids and teenage pregnancy,"
concluded Mrs Madlopha-Mthethwa.
The IFPWB will continue supporting the Zulu Royal Family, and women doing virginity testing in their efforts of promoting abstinence until marriage, because no one has died from virginity testing to date.
IFP Womens Brigade National Chairperson,
Mrs Thembeni KaMadlopha-Mthethwa, MPL, 071 884 3844 or 079 114 3015
Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP Media Liaison Officer, 073 024 5675