Mbali Mzinyane
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3 Mar 2016
1:09 pm

ANCWL says ‘ANC swimsuit’ tweet appalling

Mbali Mzinyane

The ANC Women’s League has welcomed an apology from the ANC’s Johannesburg region after tweeting a picture of a half-naked woman dressed in a swimsuit with ANC colours.

Picture: Twitter

ANCWL activist Fundi Skweyiya says that the ANCWL values the fundamental principles of a non-sexist society and that the initial tweet by the ANCYL was ‘appalling’.

“Firstly, we need to acknowledge the important role of women in the struggle for liberation; fighting for recognition in structures up to today as we celebrate 60 years of the march. Our gains cannot be reduced, nor our resolve to further empower our women not to be objects, but continue to protect the revolution.”

“The ANCWL is appalled by the demonstration of a young woman [in] a swimsuit by the ANC Johannesburg Region…However, we welcome the apology of the ANC Johannesburg region,” said Skweyiya.

Skweyiya further described the incident as a lesson that should be learned by all social media communicators, saying that the ANC should encourage social media communicators to represent the organisation in a manner that is reflective of the values and principles of the ANC.

It has since been confirmed that the picture does not belong to the ruling party.

ANC regional spokeperson Jolidee Matongo said that the picture did not belong to the ANC and that action had been taken against the person who posted the picture, as he did so without instruction.

“He has already been removed from managing the social media account. We have asked him to give us reasons in writing within why he should not face disciplinary action for this,” Matongo said.

He added that there has been measures put in place to prevent this from happening again.

“In order to prevent this from happening again, we are putting in place approval protocol, where more than one person will be handling our social media accounts. This incident also happened because there was one person managing our social media,” Matonga added.

Matongo said the ANC has a history of upholding women’s rights and apologised to the women of Johannesburg and South Africa at large.



Original content via Connect News SA.