Ntsiki Mazwai and ANCWL go head-to-head

2015-09-09 16:00
Ntsiki Mazwai (Twitter)

Johannesburg- Poet and singer Ntsiki Mazwai is no stranger to controversy. 

Over the weekend, Ntsiki lashed out at the ANCWL in a series of tweets, which saw her trend across the country. 

During her latest Twitter outburst, Ntsiki lambasted women in the ANC, and even went as far as accusing them of being "idiots," and of "sleeping their way there." (Read that story here

The ANCWL has hit back at Ntsiki's comments labelling it "disappointing." 

Speaking to Sowetan, the league's secretary general, Meokgo Matuba said that Ntsiki's comments are an "utter disappointment." 

She went on to remind Ntsiki that the ANCWL prides itself on defending and advancing the rights of women.

Meokgo added that they had hoped that Ntsiki would use her 'celebrity status' to be a role model to many women, who look up to her. 

"In your position Ms Mazwai, one should have the knowlege that clearly stipulates how the majority of women especially in the public sector have met the threshold of leading strategic positions based on merit intellect and not through your so called 'panties," she explained. 

Adding, "Your statement is not only an utter disappointment to those whom you refer to as 'idiots' but paints a very worrying picture of how you think women can only achieve their goals, which goes to show the lack of conscience and clarity you obviously possess about the growth of women in this country." 

Shortly after the reports emerged on Wednesday morning, Ntsiki took to her blog to address the ANCWL's comments. 

In the blog post, Ntsiki made it clear that she would waste time by defending her tweets, and maintains that comments were not a personal attack. 

"I think those of us who have unpacked them know deep in their hearts that the attack was on the patriarchal system we are all being suppressed by. You, however ladies are in a position that can truly change things for us...for our whole generation and generations to come," she wrote. 

Ntsiki went on to challenge the ANCWL to grab this opportunity to take the platform they want. (Read her full statement here)


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