PHOTOS: Parliament slams racy online reading campaign

PHOTOS: Parliament slams racy online reading campaign

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Basic Education is not impressed with the social media posts by the national education spokesperson, saying they are objectifying women instead of promoting the reading campaign they were apparently intended to.

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Elijah Mhlanga's posts for the Read to Lead campaign were accompanied by pictures of women that many users complained were racy and distracting.

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Mhlanga has apologised, while Minister Angie Motshekga has distanced herself from the posts.

Committee chairperson, Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba says the department must take action.

"You can't want to motivate young people to do that. If it is about reading, it must be about reading. Why would you put naked people reading books."

"And where on Earth are naked people reading books," asked Mbinqo-Gigaba.

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Mhlanga defended the images in a later Twitter post, saying the images selected were not meant to offend sensitive viewers.

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