Former communications minister Faith Muthambi has said that people were overreacting to the picture of a man kneeling before her as she hands him notes of cash as the gesture is part of her culture, Tshivenda, as a way of showing gratitude.
The picture was widely circulated on social media in the past couple of days, with many berating the former minister.
Another picture of Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams with a person kneeling before her was also circulated on social media, with users condemning the minister.
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The Sowetan reported that the man pictured kneeling before Muthambi is 44-year-old Colbert Tshifhango, who was at the time receiving a house.
The publication reported that the former minister said Tshifhango knelt before her because he was younger than her.
Muthambi is reportedly the same age as Tshifhango.
She told the publication that the R1,000 she was handing over to Tshifhango had been given to her by a local business who pledged support to Tshifhango.
She said Tshifhango’s gesture was not him worshipping her rather out of excitement and appreciation.
The house was just renovated by Captain Sabc Livhu & Prophet Muritho who does community work, it was in no condition for one to stay in, Faith Muthambi was just a guest at a house dedication event. She gave the family a certain undisclosed amount of money pic.twitter.com/U2UZEUo2QC
— Oritonda Sloza (@SlozaRsa) August 9, 2020
(Compiled by Makhosandile Zulu)