ANC slams mocking of pregnant MP

The ANC has labelled the mocking of pregnant MP Thandile Sunduza as cyber bullying and sexist.

The ANC has labelled the mocking of pregnant MP Thandile Sunduza as cyber bullying and sexist. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament has labelled the malicious mocking of Member of Parliament (MP) Thandile Sunduza as cyber bullying, sexism and gender objectification.

Last week, Twitter and Facebook users took to the social networking sites, slating pregnant Sunduza's choice of dress at the annual State of the Nation Address (SONA) and criticised her figure.

In a Facebook message posted on Sunday, the MP said she was amazed that people could be so cruel and nasty.

The ANC's Moloto Mothapo says, "It's shameful. There are elements in society who see it fit to subject women to such abuse just because they don't fit the description of how they 'should dress' or how they should look when they're pregnant."

Sunduza is being monitored in hospital after she collapsed on Friday.

She had contractions and needs to be closely supervised.

Meanwhile, some took to Twitter to defend the pregnant MP:

I find the remarks on social media re the dresses some female MPs (esp Thandile Sunduza & Lindiwe Mazibuko) wore repulsive

D: RT @mbalimcdust: My heart goes out to MP Thandile Sunduza who has collapsed because of the public pressure about her outfit at #SONA

So many Thandile Sunduza other there. None with the voice she has. Always vilified because they don't look a certain way. Power to them!