Dept of Women weighs in on ‘In Her Shoes’ campaign

The department weighed in on whether DJ Euphonik should be part of Marie Claire's controversial campaign.

FILE: Marie Claire received a hostile response on Tuesday following their decision to include 5fm's DJ Euphonik in its campaign against women abuse. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Women has sparked an angry backlash on Twitter, after asking what should happen to women who lay charges and then later withdraw them.

The department weighed in on a social media debate around whether or not, DJ Euphonik should be part of Marie Claire's controversial 'In Her shoes' campaign.

The magazine has been slammed for allowing Euphonik to participate in the initiative, after the DJ was accused of assaulting TV presenter Bonang Matheba in 2012.

The charges against him were later dropped.

While the twitter debate over Marie Claire's selection of men to campaign against women abuse continues, the Department of Women has raised a few questions of its own.

In a series of tweets about the "In Her Shoes" campaign earlier, the department asked 'what should be done with women who press charges and later withdraw them.'

Some users responded by criticising the question and the department's tone.

One described it as an embarrassment - while another suggested the comments undermined the hard work the ANC has made in fighting for women's rights.

The department has confirmed the Twitter account is authentic and is expected to respond soon.