By Staff Reporter
The suggestion was first made this week by Eastern Cape Health MEC Nomakhosazana Meth, who encouraged women in this part of Mzansi to refuse ‘mjolo’ to anyone who hasn’t received their Covid-19 jab.
“I think it is a good idea to say no vaccine, no sex. Especially for unmarried women. It will protect both of you. We are doing everything in our power to encourage our brothers, fathers, and grandfathers to do the right thing and get vaccinated,” the MEC said.
“The number of men getting vaccinated is too low. We have campaigns mainly aimed at men by taking the life-saving jab directly to them [in places] like taxi ranks, malls, places of having fun, and restaurants,” said Meth, according to Daily Maverick.
Significantly more women than men have got vaccinated so far – 5.2-million women versus 3.4-million across the country. In the Eastern Cape almost double the number of women have been vaccinated – 704,000 women, compared with 403,000 men.
Scrolla.Africa spoke to some celebrities to weigh in on the topic.
Controversial dancer and socialite Zodwa Wabantu said it was a great idea to deny men sex to encourage them to get jabbed.
“We all want to see the country and the world come to its normality and everyone live the way we used to live. This can only be achieved if all of us can get the jab and the fear of contracting the virus is minimal,” she said.
Renowned DJ Mthokozisi Khathi, professionally known by his stage name as DJ Tira, agreed too:
“Men should not be given sex. It is important to get vaccinated and I support the idea that if men are reluctant to get vaccinated, women should tell them no vaccine no sex.”
ANC Chief Whip in Parliament Pemmy Majodina encouraged more men to go out and get vaccinated, but stopped short of following the advice of her colleague in the Eastern Cape.
“Obviously, as a government we want more people to go out and vaccinate so that our country can go back to normal,” she said, adding that she supports anything that would encourage people to get vaccinated.
Sex strikes date back to ancient Greece. One of the more recent examples in Africa was in 2003 when Leymah Gbowee and the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace political protests included a sex strike.
Liberia’s 14 year civil war ended shortly afterwards, and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the country’s first female head of state, was elected. Gbowee went on to win the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.
This article was first published by Scrolla.Afrika