South Africa needs to tackle the problem of sugar daddies taking advantage of young girls, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe told MPs on Wednesday.
Answering questions about government's efforts to tackle the HIV/Aids pandemic, Motlanthe said the SA National Aids Council (Sanac) was making progress in preventing new infections. Motlanthe is Sanac chairman.
He bemoaned the fact that new HIV infections were a bigger problem among girls than boys.
"There are more girls who are infected than boys, which means we have a difficulty of older men having sex with young girls, and that's a problem which requires a very targeted response to try and discourage these sugar daddies from taking advantage of young girls because they are spreading the disease," he said.
Motlanthe said efforts to prevent new infections among boys were gaining ground. There were several highlights which emerged from government's increased focus and spending on HIV/Aids treatment.
This included the fact that 20 million South Africans had been tested for HIV since 2010, and the fact than 1.9 million South Africans were receiving treatment.
"These achievements have not made us complacent. We continue reviewing our programmes and introducing new and innovative approaches in line with international guidelines and protocols."