Leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) Mmusi Maimane has expressed disapproval at the practice of making domestic workers walk their employers’ dogs.
Maimane, originally from Dobsonville in Soweto, says he was “astounded” to see domestic workers walking their employers’ dogs in the morning while he was out jogging.
The DA leader says it’s “wrong and unjustifiable” that domestic workers are made to walk their employers’ dogs.
“Went for a run this am. It’s astounding how many domestic workers are walking their employers dogs. It’s in my view, wrong and unjustifiable,” said the DA leader.
Went for a run this am. It's astounding how many domestic workers are walking their employers dogs. It's in my view, wrong and unjustifiable
— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) December 13, 2016
A lot of his followers differed with him, though, with some suggesting that dog-walking is part of creating employment.
“Whats wrong with it? I have a friend whos job it is to walk other households dogs, it that wrong as well?” asked Mina
Adrian Manchest @AdrianManchest said: “They trying to make an honest living. A dog groomer is paid to groom dogs of other people so that is wrong too I guess”.
“Now this is a totally different view, if it’s part of their job description then it’s OK. Problem is it isn’t, #BackToDaVille,” responded @OdiLosaba.
On the other hand, some said it was an act of racism, with EFF Superfighter @sibilanga99 saying: “it’s white people man. They have always treated our mothers like sh*t and they won’t be changing their attitude anytime soon.”
Bernard Joseph @Bernard_Josep said that “without #EconomicFreedom we will always have #vanessahartleys abusing Africans and treating us better than their dogs.”
However, Jeremysetzer @jeremysetzer said: “Easy with the judgement peeps, my nanny walks with our dog sometimes as she feels safer. (we don’t force her to).”