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By: Zwavhudi Tshisudzungwane

The Chief Director for Policy and Development Support in the Department of Higher Education and Training, Mahlubi Mabizela said the country was failing in its effort to fight communicable diseases and equal health provision because people are caught up in self-enrichment. Mabizela was speaking during a HEAIDS (Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS PROGRAMME) dialogue at the University of Venda on Friday.

The dialogue was aimed at addressing challenges faced by women such as domestic violence, poverty and HIV/AIDS.
“We should rather be seeking solutions to the fight against communicable diseases and malnutrition when many have plenty of food; equal access to good health and, particularly women’s health, which the stalwarts of our struggle fought so hard to attain in their lifetime. Today we struggle to fulfil their dreams and aspirations because we are so caught up in self-enrichment and no one else matters, but ourselves”, said Mabizela.
The dialogue was also attended by hundreds of Univen students mainly females.

“We should rather be making individual contributions to the fight against poverty, inequality and unemployment which the great stalwarts of our liberation struggle, fought so hard against in their lifetime. Today, our future is brighter than theirs, but we have so easily forgotten them”, said Mabizela.

He further said that with development in the country girls should no longer be missing school because they cannot afford sanitary towels.
“Our women stalwarts fought tirelessly for our freedom. We should rather be fighting to make sure that no girl-child misses school just because they cannot afford to have sanitary towels and, therefore, their menstrual cycle, which is a biological phenomenon, no longer makes them miss school. How soon we have become so self-centred in our society!”, he added. The issue of Domestic violence which has become prevalent in and around the Vhembe district in recent months was also discussed.

“Violence against women is a major obstacle to development and peace, not to mention the social, economic and political equality of women. Violence is everyone’s problem as everyone has the power to stand up against violence. “Everyone should stand up to violence when they see or hear it”, said, Muvhulawa Booi, Vhembe TVET College, campus acting manager.