- Nomvula Mokonyane came under fire for her recent visit to Mandosi Combined school
- The Minister of Environmental Affairs is pictured seemingly distributing sanitary towels to Grade R learners
- Mokonyane defended her actions and says the timing of the photo was misleading
Minister of Environmental Affairs, Nomvula Mokonyane, became the victim of a social media storm recently.
Mokonyane recently visited Mandosi Combined School where she was pictured with learners from different age groups.
Some of the pictures show her interacting with Grade R learners while sanitary towels are distributed.
The images were shared via social media and the minister came in for criticism - not once, but twice.
Twitter user, @AdvBarryRoux, shared a tweet in this regard with the caption: “Are these kids not too young for sanitary pads? What is Nomvula Mokonyane doing here?”
Tweeps were bemused by Mokonyane’s gesture to seemingly grace under-age girls with pads.
Some questioned the motive behind the move and others couldn’t make sense of the fact that young boys were in attendance as well.
As always, there are 2 sides to every story and Mokonyane provided some perspective.
The minister explained that the timing of the photos was deceptive.
According to her, the sanitary towels were meant for older girls and Vodacom gifts were distributed amongst the Grade R pupils.
A clearly fired up Mokonyane shared the below message.
However, Briefly.co.za gathered that many remained unimpressed.
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