A nation of blessers: Gwede Mantashe and the state of moral degradation in SA


Ayanda Mdluli

JOHANNESBURG- The alleged infidelities levelled against ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe further entrenches the notion that moral degradation and the disintegration of our social fabric are now the main characteristics that have come to define the South African socio-economic experience.

In a country where one in four people are infected with HIV/AIDS, with sugar daddies being the leading cause, one would thing that our leaders in SA’s liberation movement would have a moral obligation to lead by example and protect our young women from the dangers of blesser / blesse relationships.

Statistics show that girls between the ages of 15 and 24 are more likely to contract HIV/AIDS from sugar daddies and blessers in SA, yet the very same people who get on the podium and pledge billions of rands to combat the scourge are practicing it themselves as soon as the cameras look the other way.

This week, our sister publication, Weekly Xposé revealed that Mantashe is a blesser and a sugar daddy who was trying to lure a young women (23) into his bed through a series of raunchy WhatsApp exchanges.

It is not a hidden fact that many male cadres and politicians tend to be a bunch of horny freaks in South Africa’s liberation movement, which is precisely why Mantashe’s sex scandal should not be met with any ounce of sympathy from the public.

Too many times, black women and even female journalists have to contend with being serially hit-on or groped at various events and gatherings. There are many horror stories from black female journalists about perverted senior ANC and leaders of various government institutions in SA.

This lustful and perverted behaviour has gotten so bad that an ANC Mayor in Emfuleni – Simon Mofokeng, abdicated his position after he was found to be grooming a 14 year old. Clearly this sicko bought into his own press and believed that he was so powerful he could get away with anything – even molesting a young child.

Black women in Africa and in the diaspora have always been taken advantage of ever since white supremacy took over our societal structures through conquest. Black women were reduced to sexual objects – with the black woman’s body being paraded as so called proof of her hyper sexuality by pseudo white supremacist structures.

The ripping apart and disenfranchisement of both black men and women in Africa created poverty, which placed black women at the bottom of the economic ladder in Africa. Systems such as the migrant labour system have also placed black women in vulnerable positions.

For generations black women have had to perform miracles in raising children on their own under desperate circumstances, exposing our sisters and mothers to widespread rape and pillaging from white supremacists – even creating a whole buffer race known as coloureds (mullato) that were classified as more human than the black woman under apartheid and other segregated societies.

What has been done to black women over generations at the hands of the white man warrants protection of them from black men to ensure that they never suffer any type of indignation or discrimination in our society.

Mantashe, as a black man in SA, and someone who went through the various ills of oppression under apartheid is supposed to be a protector and defender of the black woman’s dignity, integrity, image and identity based on the South African experience.

This includes the likes of Jeff Hadebe, the Minister in the Presidency, as well as Cyril Ramaphosa, the Deputy President of SA who have been identified as blessers and sugar daddies at such as critical juncture in which way the our country is headed.

South Africa remains at a precipice because greedy white men are fighting tooth and nail to hold onto their ill gotten gains through economic apartheid.

The focus, by black leaders should be on wrestling economic power from those who still view blackness as a construct of inferiority, and whiteness as a construct of supremacy.

These leaders who have been outed as taking advantage of young black women should be leading by example by ensuring that our family units as black people are protected from the scourges associated with luring desperate young girls to their beds.

The mental and psychological impact of engaging in sugar daddy practices with young girls has massive consequences in how they view themselves. It boarders on abuse, especially when young women think so low of themselves that the only way out of their poverty stricken environments is through blessers and sugar daddies who carry deadly disease.