The picture was captioned, “What do [you] make of this new ANC swimwear? #Registration Week #VoteANC,”
After receiving a backlash from users, ANC Jozi immediately removed the image from its account and issued an apology: “Comrades we apologise for the tweet we posted earlier it was inappropriate”.
Comrades we apologise for the tweet we posted earlier it was in appropriate..
— ANC Jozi (@ANCJHB) March 2, 2016
The ANC Jozi appropriated the picture and posted it on its account. The image was initially posted on Instagram by erricealicia with the caption: “repping my Jamaica colors today😊 pool time 🏊 #erricealiciadesigns #erricealiciabeachwear #carribeangirl #proudjamaican”.
Infuriated by the picture on the ANC Jozi’s Twitter account, social media users made various insinuations, outraged at the image’s perceived sexist meanings.
Users criticised the ANC Jozi for posting a picture which “objectifies” and “denigrates” women. A Facebook user, Kopano Tmt Hlongoane wrote: “has ANC forgotten that it is NOT a social club but a political party or have they forgotten that they lead our country, they are supposed to educate young females to be representable & respect their bodies & NOT flash them to the public”.
While a lot of people have posted their disapproval, the swimsuit picture has divided opinion, with some users defending the image. A Facebook user, @Zola Dlamini wrote: “This is a Jamaican colour blended swimsuit which shares colours of the movement and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Damn, it’s nice and sexy”.
Source: Twitter and Facebook