The Commission on Gender Equality has recommended that the Department of Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga undergo gender-sensitisation training.
This comes after Mhlanga posted a sexist tweeted as part of the #readtolead campaign last month.
The commission met Mhlanga and the department’s Director General Mantanzima Mlweli over the matter last Wednesday.
The commission’s spokesperson Javu Baloyi said the objectification of women as a marketing strategy has the power to negatively shape the attitudes of children towards women.
“Those things we do not want them to be seen in society where women are demeaned, where women are insulted. It is not only Mr Mhlanga, but we are setting a precedent with Mr Mhlanga that those who want to do these things should think twice before doing this because the Commission for Gender Equality will deal with them decisively,” adds Baloyi.
The highly inappropriate Tweets below objectify women. @ElijahMhlanga, right thing to do is delete & unequivocally apologise. Reading we should all do:
The Will to Change: Men Masculinity & Love(Hooks) We Should All Be Feminists(Adichie) Sister Outsider(Lorde)@DBE_SA #ReadToLead pic.twitter.com/SAKNJdYqBh
— Equal Education (@equal_education) 13 August 2019