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Zuma slams ‘transactional sex’, expresses shock at how women are exploited

President Jacob Zuma says women need to be reminded that they are not objects that can be bought.

President Jacob Zuma addresses the crowd during Youth Day celebrations at Orlando stadium in Soweto on 16 June 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The exploitation of South African women and girls has been put under the spotlight by President Jacob Zuma, who says he's shocked by the conduct of some young people.

The president was speaking yesterday at the official Youth Day commemoration in Soweto where he encouraged young people to uphold their values.

Zuma says government will soon launch an initiative to educate men and women about the dangers of transactional sex.

The president says he's shocked by some of the ways young women are being exploited in society.

"The so-called "sex stockvels" known as Mavuso, I'm really shocked by this."

He says women need to be reminded that they are not objects that can be bought.

"We should not subject our young women to this abuse and danger."

Zuma has also lashed out at men who engage in transactional sex and says they are robbing young women of their futures.