School teacher Lulu Menziwa has hit back at her haters after criticism over her fashion sense gained her overnight fame.
A Twitter user by the name of Lufuno Mathoni shared images from Menziwa’s Instagram and tagged Gauteng MEC for education Panyaza Lesufi, insinuating that Menziwa’s continued employment made it hard for children to pass.
— Lufuno mathoni (@funimamie) February 5, 2019
Mathoni’s post sparked conversation about Menziwa’s dress sense with many calling it inappropriate.
Which part is inappropriate?
— Nhla_P (@nhla) February 5, 2019
Are jealous? That's formal, it's good looking.. Its????????????… Let's see you in your formal clothes ????
— #Joseph_of_Azania (@bhembedj) February 5, 2019
Look at the boy behind her in the 1st frame. This is torture straight.
— LAWRENCE (@LAWRENC25055815) February 5, 2019
Despite the criticism, many came to Menziwa’s defence.
imagine. now teachers cant b beautiful coz male huans have been taught to sexualise women
— Mother of 3 (@guguluv) February 5, 2019
I think generally there's a stigma attached ro how teachers must dress, especially female teachers and have you realised how fashionable our ladies are lately?
— Tshegofatso Mafoko (@BA_Mafoko) February 6, 2019
Freedom of choice and freedom of expression. Don’t blame teachers ???????? what kinds know about mapakisha
— Resistance is defence defence in action (@mwmjuleni) February 5, 2019
She dresses nicely,but men are pervs so we're looking at her body???? https://t.co/Gmqydv7uq5
— ♚Thorreira♚ (@GoonerMDH) February 7, 2019
Haibo guys must she leave her figure at home? https://t.co/xNNDtxLs8j
— Ora (@OraRama) February 7, 2019
We had a grade 3 teacher who dressed really well. At grade 1 I couldn't wait to be in her class. Ultimately we all performed well, we learned how to be neat, and enjoyed her class purely because of how she presented herself. Till this day she was my best teacher. https://t.co/mmIILLa4es
— N. Mhlongo (@iNDOrnie) February 7, 2019
It seems Menziwa got wind of what was being said about her online and she took to her Instagram live to respond to the hate.
“You must stop this, what you’re doing. I don’t like it anymore,” stated Menziwa before adding: “Now I’m famous, everyone knows me, I’m all over social networks. Radio stations they’re talking about me.”
She went on to call her detractors out and labelled them perverts for finding something wrong with the way she chose to dress.
Menziwa said the children in the age group she taught would never sexualise her.
She demanded that people stop sharing her pictures with such nasty comments and has since made her Instagram account private.
This is the hour glass body shaped teacher yall been tweeting about… Please let’s listen to what she has to say ???????? pic.twitter.com/44pxK2rIU5
— La’Lace ???????????????? (@Lace_VJ) February 7, 2019