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Traditional leaders demand sex bribes in exchange for house stands

by Stephen Jakes
22 Apr 2022 at 14:34hrs | Views
Traditional leaders in Matabeleland have been accused of demanding sexual bribes from women home seekers.

The remarks were made by women during  a recent communal engagement  against gendered corruption in Bulawayo.

The meeting was facilitated by the Civil Society Organisation (CSO) such as The Girls Table (TGT) and  Transparency Internationally Zimbabwe (TIZ).

TIZ Research and Advocacy officer Pretty Nxumalo said gendered corruption deprives women of economic resources.

She said in some rural areas women are asked for sexual favours in exchange for being official registered house holds owners.

She said most victims do not report these cases, especially women, because they do not have financiers to hire lawyers.

She said corruption affects both men and women.

Nxumalo said sextotion has been normalised in Zimbabwe due to lack of laws to protect individuals from such acts.

She said sextotion has always been there, but it has been viewed as a continuing petty issue.

"There is so much silence because there are no laws in Zimbabwe that says a man who demand sex from women in exchange for something can be arrested," said Nxumalo.

Some women in different organisations and companies including the government institutions have also battled with the same problem in silence.

Source - Byo24News