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Sun Jul 31 09:23:37 SAST 2016

This is not our picture: embarrassed Joburg ANC

Shenaaz Jamal | 03 March, 2016 00:41
GREEN, GOLD, BLACK: Apologies are flying left, right and centre over the 'ANC swimsuit' which was posted on the Johannesburg region's Twitter account
Image by: ANCJHB/TWITTER

The Johannesburg region of the ANC hasits knickers in a knot after an image of a woman wearing a swimsuit in ANC colours was uploaded on its Twitter account.

The image was uploaded with a caption: "What do you make of this swimsuit" under the #RegistrationWeek, #VoteANC hashtags.

ANC regional spokesman Jolidee Matongo said the image had circulated among ANC members via a WhatsApp group. An official posted it on the Twitter account.

"There was no official instruction to post the image. It is not an image of the ANC; the person who posted it did so without instruction," said Matongo.

"The ANC has a long history of upholding women and respecting women's rights. We are not about degenerating woman and depicting them as objects. We apologise for the unfortunate incident."

Twitter went into a frenzy with users tweeting their anger about the picture:

@mdira_esaid: "You are disgusting it shows what you think of us as women. You see us as objects rather than anything else. Sies".

@Mogotsi: "@ANCJHB Too late for an apology, we now know what you think of black women. You've got no leg to stand on!"

@nomorebullSA: "@ANCJHB Your continued lack of respect for women is incredible. They're our sisters, not campaigning tools for leering old men. Wow!"

@solkganyago: "@ANCJHB Don't apologise for a tweet... apologise for objectifying women, that's what the outrage is about.damnt!"

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