Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga was quoted on Twitter this morning in a school reading event promoting International Literacy Day.
According to earlier live tweets from Jessica Shelver, spokesperson for the Western Cape MEC for Education, Motshekga encouraged the male audience at Masivuke Primary to buy their female counterparts books as opposed to perfumes.
Tell minister as a teacher, mother, a leader that she SHOULD NOT be teaching children such twisted gender politics https://t.co/vrnGNB3U4g— Redi Tlhabi (@RediTlhabi) September 8, 2015
tell her that we can ptomote readinf without trapping them in transactional gender roles that keep girls subservient https://t.co/vrnGNB3U4g— Redi Tlhabi (@RediTlhabi) September 8, 2015
However, after CapeTalk and 702 presenter Redi Tlhabi responded to the controversial comments, Motshekga's spokesperson, Troy Martens, said the remarks were misconstrued and taken out of context.
Martens explained to Redi that Motshekga made several other examples where books could be an alternative gift for various kinds of relationships.
Shelver later apologised for her previous tweets and this spurred on a discussion about gender roles and how children are socialised in schools.
Books make great gifts whether you are a boy or girl and irrelevant of who you are giving it to!— Jessica Shelver (@jessicashelver) September 8, 2015
Listen to the full conversation from The Redi Tlhabi Show: