Miss SA on ‘racist’ glove saga: ‘My intentions were completely misunderstood’

By Pam Magwaza
06 July 2017

Miss SA has spoken out on allegations that she is racist, after she wore latex gloves while dishing out soup to underprivileged children in Soweto.

Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has come under fire for wearing surgical gloves while dishing out soup to underprivileged children in Soweto.

After Miss SA shared photos of the event online, Twitter users accused Demi-Leigh of being racist and questioned why she would wear gloves while hugging and taking pictures with children.
The Miss SA official Twitter account quickly clarified that all the volunteers were required to wear gloves for hygiene purposes.
Demi-Leigh has since posted a video explaining that she and all the other volunteers were wearing gloves because they were handling food and giving it to little children. In the video, she says that she feels that her intentions were completely misunderstood and that the most important thing to be taken out from all of this is that 300 children received a warm lunch regardless of whether volunteers were wearing gloves or not.

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