Social development to tackle ‘blesser-blessee’ trend among youth

MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza says it's a tragic habit taking over parts of society.

MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza. FILE: Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Social Development says part of its R4.2 billion budget will go towards curbing the exploitation of young women by sugar daddies.

MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza says 52 percent of the budget will be allocated to 2,500 NPOs it has partnered with to roll out various programs.

She tabled this year's budget for her department in the Legislature today.

The social development budget has increased from R3.9 billion last year, to R4.2 billion this year.

Mayathula-Khoza says the department has noted the so called "blesser-blessee" trend, which refers to sugar daddies or mommies.

She says this is a tragic habit taking over parts of society.

"We must organise against and condemn in the strongest possible terms the tragic habit of the blessers and the blessees."

She says the behavioural change program will tackle several issues, including substance abuse and HIV/AIDS.