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Xingwana blasted for Afrikaner comments

Minister Lulu Xingwana has come under fire for her comments about Afrikaans-speaking men.

Minister Lulu Xingwana has come under fire for her comments about Afrikaans men and their religion. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Minister Lulu Xingwana has come under fire from opposition parties after telling Australian media Afrikaners are brought up in a Calvinist religion.

The Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities said it is because of their religion that Afrikaners believe they "own" women.

Xingwana was speaking to the ABC Network in Australia on the Oscar Pistorius premeditated murder case when she made the comments.

"Young Afrikaner men are brought up in the Calvinist religion believing that they own a woman and that they own a child."

The Christian Democratic Party has called for President Jacob Zuma to fire Xingwana, saying her remarks will lead to the polarisation of communities.

Party leader Theunis Botha said the Minister's remarks are unacceptable.

"We believe that her remarks were extremely irresponsible on Australian TV, leading to the polarisation of communities.

"It's hard to imagine how a Minister could make up comments such as this."

The Blade Runner is accused of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria home on Valentine's Day.

The state argues the shooting was premeditated, but he says he mistook the model for an intruder.