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Teachers use women’s underwear in protest to make their point

By Mason White 5:07 PM April 28, 2013
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By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) Teachers went to an extreme to make their point, as they wrote their message on a woman’s underpants.

The government in Johannesburg, South Africa said it was shocked and disappointed by the behavior of members of the South African Democratic Teachers Union or SADTU, when they publicly used a woman’s underwear in protest against female Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

“This type of behavior is demeaning, disrespectful, and violates the rights of women protected in our Constitution,” government spokesperson Phumla Williams said.

“It is very worrisome that such acts seem to be normalized and acceptable socially,” the spokesperson added. Williams also said that the the Constitution promotes human dignity, human rights, freedom, non-racism and non-sexism, and that teachers should set an example.

“Attributing the underwear to Motshekga was a violation of her right to human dignity and non-sexism, and was degrading,” Williams said.

“This might not have been the right way to go about it, but it was a bold move by the teachers, as they got the attention they were looking for,” Jessica Pretorius, 30, of Gauteng, South Africa told after seeing the photo of the woman’s underpants used at the protest.

The union is demanding the resignation of Motshekga and her director general Bobby Soobrayan for corruption. Meanwhile, the African Christian Democratic Party or ACDP, said that teachers need professional wages for professional work, and a decent working environment.

“The African Christian Democratic Party agrees with South African Democratic Teachers Union, that the education department must urgently address corruption, really poor and overcrowded conditions in the poorest schools, but they believe that teachers should protest on school holidays not on school days. Also, they should not have the school children join them,” ACDP leader Lydia Meshoe said.