Traditional healer and activist Thuthukile Kabini from Belfast village in KwaMhlanga has received support from the provincial department of social development for her initiative to promote virginity and abstinence among womrn under 21.
Kabini’s initiative is called Abstain Virgin Girls Group (AVGG). She started last year with 10 girls in the village and rapidly grew up to more than 2000 girls in the area.
Departmental spokesperson Ronnie Masilela said his department supported the initiative.
“The department cannot act alone to bring an envisioned society. It needs sound and strong partnerships with community structures and civil society.”
The department also had plans to initiate a project for boys that would address issues of gender.
The department will also continue to create awareness on substance abuse through the Ke-Moja programme, which emphasises how boys should treat girls.
“The subjects will also highlight pressures being encountered by boys as well as the expectations of boys to become men.”
Kabini said the intention of the initiative was to nurture the youth to be well groomed, respected and responsible individuals.
“I would like to spread the virgin girls project throughout the country,” said Kabini. “I started it because of the escalation of illnesses caused by early sexual activity.
“I need support from government, the private sector and individuals.”