- Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane has been accused of receiving her job through her ties to Deputy-President David Mabuza
- Mtshweni-Tsipane had dismissed these allegations, calling them sexist
- On Facebook, readers appeared divided over the issue
Briefly.co.za recently shared a story about the allegations that Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane received her job as a result of her close connections with Deputy-President David Mabuza.
There were even allegations that Mtshweni-Tsipane may have traded sex with Mabuza for the high-powered job.
The issue divided many readers on social media, with some coming out in support of Mtshweni-Tsipane and others saying they believed she had unfairly benefited from her ties to Mabuza.
"Of course she will deny it!" wrote one Facebook user, Nonkululeko Mkhabela. Another, Lerato Maanaso, said she believed the accusations were true, writing, "That's the ANC for you."
However, others said that they agreed with Mtshweni-Tsipane that the allegations against her were sexist.
Indeed, the premier said that they stemmed from the sexist idea that women cannot achieve a powerful position unless they "go into bed with a particular man".
"These allegations are very serious and they undermine women in general," wrote Oupa Thela. "Women of our country are capable of doing and holding senior positions in the society."
Another user, Khashu Mashinini, felt the same way, calling the accusations against Mtshweni-Tsipane were part of a "smear campaign".
All-in-all, readers appeared split over the issue. It remains to be seen whether any more information about the allegations will come to light - or if will be revealed that they were, in fact, untrue.
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