ACDP MP Marie Sukers said the campaign, which includes “explicit pictures” posted on social media by departmental spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga, showed that the department had run out of sound educational strategies.
“The tweets by Mr Mhlanga beg the question as to whether the department is actually trying to promote reading, or whether it is trying to use women as sex symbols.
“The ACDP’s strong opposition to comprehensive sexual education highlights the demeaning values and beliefs etched into the make-up of this system, which is being promoted by Mr Mhlanga,” said Sukers.
On Tuesday, Mhlanga offered an apology on Twitter saying: “I have noted that one image in particular may have offended sensitive viewers. This, however, was not the intention and we strongly reject any view to that effect.” Sukers noted the apology but said using explicit and nude images in the context of “Read to Lead”, in Women’s Month, in a bid to promote reading cannot be more demeaning to women.