Twitter rebuke over minister's SlutWalk comment

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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