Gospel musician Joyce Simeti has blasted the distribution of condoms to schools saying the responsible authorities must put textbooks in schools first instead of condoms.
Speaking recently during the Girls High’s in-house beauty pageant where she was the guest of honour, Simeti also told female students from Girls High to abstain from sex until marriage.
“To those advocating for putting condoms in school, I say please give us a textbook and not condoms.
“In Zimbabwe, we teach our children to abstain from sex until marriage.
“To you girls I say, weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Continue with the hardwork of learning, you have already started.
“There is no reason for you to think about boyfriends at this age. Your career is your boyfriend.
“We have been there before, ‘kumhunga hakuna ipwa’. Your time for sex shall come and it is honourable to your parents to get married when you are done with education.
“Take sugar daddies as rotten daddies. Do not let them come near you.
“Look at yourself and say I am special,” she said.
In an interview after the modelling competition, Simeti said it was her responsibility as a musician and mother to safeguard the lives of the girl child.
“The use of condoms in schools doesn’t mean anything as it promotes or triggers our children to indulge in sex at an early age.
“It is our responsibility as musicians and mothers to encourage our children to abstain from sex until they get married,” she said.
Simeti’s music is full of social commentaries.
Her themes include respect for parents and the elderly, education for children and respect for one another.
Born in Harare, Simeti started taking music seriously around 1999 when she released her first album Tose Takadanwa with Ngaavongwe Records.
In 2002, she left her hair dressing career to take music as a full time profession.
She has released six albums so far with the latest being Makandinzwa which is currently receiving massive airplay on local radio stations.