Elijah Mhlanga shared a series of tweets (in the name of a campaign called #ReadToLead) that sent the whole nation flaming with anger! This was what he tweeted:
Now as much as the mandate to encourage students to read is a rather important one, the angle Mr Mhlanga took was quite distasteful and offensive to many.
Twitter user @Rownsterr wrote:
@ElijahMhlanga & @DBE_SA choose to objectify women for a reading campaign? You know better and should apologise."
Indeed Mr Mhlanga did return to Twitter to apologize, saying:
He further explained his intentions:
While some followers seemed to understand where the spokesperson was coming from, others were even more upset by this excuse.
One of the comments read:
How's that for a lesson learned?
main image credit: Twitter/Elijah Mhlanga