Twitter rebuke over minister's SlutWalk comment

2011-08-22 12:32

Cape Town - Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba has been chastised over comments he made on Twitter regarding the SlutWalk held in Cape Town.

Around 2 000 protestors marched in the city on Saturday to highlight sexual assaults against women.

"@Derek_Hanekom No, let's talk about the slutwalk. Now, I wanna attend as an observer. Might get lucky," Gigaba wrote on Twitter, in response to Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom.

Users of the micro-blog immediately rebuked Gigaba for his comment.

"Unacceptable, Minister. "@mgigaba: No, let's talk about the slutwalk. Now, I wanna attend as an observer. Might get lucky." Shame on you," wrote Sam Wilson, the editor of Women24.

The minister apologised to users and withdrew his comment.

"@samanthaperry @KevinMcCallum @maxgeb @derek_hanekom And I retract it genuinely. No harm was meant..." he wrote.

The movement began in Canada in April after a police officer suggested that women would not be the victims of sexual assaults if they dressed more conservatively.

Rape in SA is an underreported crime and statistics show that over 55 000 cases of rape were reported to police in the last year, yet it is estimated that only one in 36 cases is reported.

SlutWalk aims to highlight sexual violence against women and lobby for authorities to create a safe environment for women who report crimes.

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  • david - 2011-08-22 12:38

    Well he's a typical african leader.

      Lauren - 2011-08-22 12:47

      Actually, many non-African leaders have been guilty of saying idiotic things, just as trolls such as yourself have. Oh, that's a personal opinion and has nothing to do with my employer.

      otiose - 2011-08-22 13:14

      My word talk about blowing things out of proportion!

      mbube - 2011-08-22 13:55

      Yeah, Clinton and the Pope also carry the stamp of typical African leaders. Oh wait!...

      Optimus-Prime - 2011-08-22 15:07

      @otiose, no it was not blown out of proportion. David's comment is simply STUPID.

      Rustman - 2011-08-22 15:18

      @mbube What does the pope have to do about any of this?

      thurnie - 2011-08-22 15:55

      @Rustum - his also a minister ;)

      Coquine - 2011-08-22 17:24

      And you are a typical racist.

  • Andy - 2011-08-22 12:45

    Guess the ministers take their lead from the president.

  • ZumaDooma - 2011-08-22 12:49

    This is NOT news worthy. Pathetic journalism...

      Dr. Zeek - 2011-08-22 13:08

      Why don't you go have a nice little shower? OH, and say hi to your 30 kids on the way to the bathroom, JZ.

      MP3 - 2011-08-22 13:10

      I concur @ZumaDooma

  • MP3 - 2011-08-22 13:09

    Sam Wilson has always been a far right winger feminist, I wouldn't take her seriously Minister.

      daaivark - 2011-08-22 13:23

      What is that supposed to mean?

  • BlouBul77 - 2011-08-22 13:43

    What happend to freedom of speech!? People have the right to walk/protest but comments (and of a light hearted nature) thereon not allowed? Pathetic. We have become too political correct! Harden the f@ck up people! Go Minister! Charlie Sheen for President!

      daaivark - 2011-08-22 13:59

      Bul. Nobody prosecuted or punished him, so hios freedom of speech is secure. Odd that someone with your views should give a damn, but anyway. He just proved himself to be a complete chauvinist a**ehole, just like you have with your really bright comment on Charlie Sheen.

  • mbube - 2011-08-22 13:51

    This is obviously a tongue in cheek comment. Relax.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-08-22 13:55

    He said what other men were thinking and joke about to each other

      daaivark - 2011-08-22 14:00

      Speak for yourself, please.

      Keano7 - 2011-08-22 14:13

      Wow daaivark...please stop getting your knickers in a knot!!! The man apologised and realised his comment was tasteless and out of place...p*ss off with your holier than though attitude! And no I don't care for the ANC government or sticking up for them before you play that card!

      daaivark - 2011-08-22 14:18

      Keano, my comment was aimed at Daemos, if you can just notice that....

      daaivark - 2011-08-22 14:20

      ANd if I choose not to be chauvinistic, I'm sure many would not brand that as holier-than-thou. Perspective please, and s pot of accuracy would not go amiss either.

      Keano7 - 2011-08-22 14:39

      Firstly, before commenting on my accuracy, perhaps you should turn your spellcheck on prior to replying in future? Just a thought... Secondly, this is a forum! The idea being that you comment and subsequently people reply to your comments...if you don't wish for anyone to see your comments or hurt your feelings then ask Daemos to go private, oh hang this isn't Mxit, my bad!! No I don't agree with what he said or indeed consider myself to be a chauvinist but in my opinion the whole thing is a bit over the top and people need to settle down a tad...if you chose to chastise me over my reply then please go ahead!

      daaivark - 2011-08-22 14:52

      A hasty fingered typo, as I think would be obvious to most. My my, but that horse is high. Talk about settling down! Jeez.

  • Nipcat - 2011-08-22 13:55

    Shows the class of the ministers if they are having these kind of conversations over twitter.

  • ri - 2011-08-22 14:07

    actually as a young white women, I think this is a little funny, obviously it was meant in jest. And I have a lot of respect for myself and other women. It may have been a joke in bad taste, but hell everything in life is so damn serious these days. I get that this is a serious issue and the walk is to be for awareness, but I really do not think he was actually considering it.

  • Thabo Matwabeng - 2011-08-22 14:09

    Come one, people! Have some perspective. No one died or was hurt. Your making a mountain out of a mole hill, here. In context of what the slut walk is about, this can be taken as offensive, but as a pun on words it is not. It is exactly like that other piece on news24 today about the 'racist' ad (the Re-civilise yourself NIVEA one); it is the person who receives the message who is offended, not the message that is offencive. I'm not saying all messages are non-offensive, just that there is a differentiation that is required. If we have to be so sensitive about everything we'll forever be caught up in petty debates about intended meaning. There are countless examples of jokes similar to this one every day on radio, television and all the comedy movies we watch and yes, even those without PG or age restriction.

      Lauren Hess - 2011-08-22 16:21

      The problem is that when the minister made the comment, he was ignorant as to what the Slutwalk is really about. It might have been different if he was trying to be ironic (his subsequent apology showed that he wasn't) and actually thought that the event is one where he could "get lucky". And consider that the walks are about a pretty serious subject. In that case, the minister was very dim to joke in the way he did about them. The point is, he should have realised what he was joking about before making the statement. He probably wouldn't have made the comment if he'd known what he knows now about the Slutwalks.

  • abg100 - 2011-08-22 14:21

    THIS IS THE AFRICAN MIND SET!!Woman are not respected here. To those who say its just a comment-it takes 1 comment to incite the minds of many-just look how many now believe if you take a shower you wont get aids!!!!!!

  • littlevoice14 - 2011-08-22 14:34

    This is terrible! wow doing a a walk for a good cause and that is the response we get from one of our ministers, no wonder our government is in shambles.

  • JustinD - 2011-08-22 14:37

    And whats wrong with what he said....i went and got lucky!!!

  • katz201 - 2011-08-22 15:44

    I think most people around here should take a cue from the minister and lighten the f*ck up. But if we want to get serious about the rape issue, we need to relook our approach to the matter. Dressing provocatively will obviously cause a reaction from sexual predators too. If you want to dress like a “slut”, you can’t decide who is going to react to it. Dressing like a “slut” you are not “asking for it” as some might say, but you might as well paint a bulls-eye on yourself too. Dress like you want to, but accept that you are increasing your risk of becoming a target of those sexual predators. I don’t see how something like the SlutWalk teach people respect for their own bodies and for those of other people.

      Lauren Hess - 2011-08-22 16:30

      If you read Dorothy Black's interview with the Cape Town Slutwalk organisers, you'll see one of them mention that she was in her bed, in pyjamas, when she was raped. So in my view, not much of a bulls eye there. The point of the Slutwalk is to show that the raped person is never in anyway to blame for what happened to him or her. It's also about starting and trying to change society's perceptions: people (that includes those with vaginas) can and should dress however they like without fear of being attacked. And if they are, society should not be poring over what the victim wore or did but what the attacker is guilty of and giving him or her their just desserts. Oh, this is all a personal view.

  • tom.tom1307 - 2011-08-22 17:08

    The Man Up! Campaign South Africa suggests that this is a prime example of how not to behave as a man. Its time we stopped fussing about rape after the person is raped, but start taking action on the cause of rape, Men, and providing proper support structures for victims of rape. Only 1% of rape victims are provided with trauma counselling in this country. That is unacceptable. So watch the media over the next month for information on Man Up! day on the 13th of October in association with International Suit Up day

  • Coquine - 2011-08-22 17:23

    Many of you are missing the big point here - a public figure and especially someone in government should not be making stupid comments like that. He should think first. If he didn't know what the slut-walk was all about then he should not have said anything until he checked first. That's why this made news - because someone who is supposed to be more responsible than the average joe behaved irresponsibly. Ministers and everyone in government should all be banned from Twitter since they clearly can't think for themselves. Even Zuma abused his Twitter account recently by promting his daughter's tv show.

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-08-23 10:21

    the slut walk is like window shopping

  • Marius - 2011-08-23 12:41

    He he he, "Slutwalk" nogal, geen probleem daarmee nie, solank almal my uitlos as ek lekker "LEEULOOP".

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