Carien du Plessis on why using 'pantypreneurs' is wrong

2016-01-10 14:00
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Johannesburg - Journalist Carien du Plessis said while the problem of young women convening at the ANC's celebrations "looking for fun and fortune with politicians in exchange for sexual favours and/or affairs" was a reality, it should not have been raised in a Tweet.

"So real is this that the derogatory term “pantypreneurs” emerged in 2012 and has since been whispered behind closed doors away from the romantic partner, and often with an added knowing wink or two, ” wrote Du Plessis in a column in the Mail&Guardian.

However, she said while the issue did need to be raised, Twitter was not an appropriate format.

“The past few days have taught me it’s not something you do with a sneering tongue in the cheek in 140 characters…

“I regret slipping up so badly on that." 

On Thursday, Du Plessis tweeted a photo of the News Cafe in Rustenburg with the caption, "Seems Rusty News Cafe will be a choice hangout for pantypreneurs and tenderpreneurs at this weekend's #ANC104 bash".

Subsequently, the ANC announced its decision to bar Du Plessis from covering the event - and future engagements.

This was, however, later retracted with the party saying there had been discussion with Du Plessis and she had expressed her commitment to non-racialism.

Wrote Du Plessis, “There are some things sisters should not do to themselves. Such as drag other sisters down.

“If you call yourself a feminist – for the lack of a better word – you should work to raise other women up in whatever you do…

“I call myself a feminist."

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