Collen Maine slammed for 'greasy panty' comment

The ANCYL leader called poet Ntsiki Mazwai a 'greasy panty' at an event on Thursday.

FILE: The Gender Commission’s Javu Baloyi says Maine should not have referred to Mazwai in this way. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The gender commission has slammed comments by ANC Youth League leader, Collen Maine that singer and poet Ntsiki Mazwai is a 'greasy panty'.

He made the comments in Mbombela on Thursday, after Mazwai said over the weekend that women in the ANC were only used as 'panties'.

The Gender Commission's Javu Baloyi says Maine should not have referred to Mazwai in this way.

"It is unsavoury, it is defamatory, it is demeaning, and it is very personal. It is not going into the heart of the discussion which Ntsiki has raised."

While the women's ministry's Charlotte Lobe says this is not the kind of conversation we should be having.

"Two wrongs do not make a right. Whether it was something said by Ntsiki Mazwai a week ago or so ago and what is said by the ANC Youth League president today. It's still the same. We don't engage that way."

Mazwai's original claim caused a storm on twitter with some people saying she had insulted women in the ANC.

Baloyi says it believes that Maine would never have called Mazwai a 'greasy panty' if she was a man.

He says women politics are often attacked because of their gender.

"Instead of engaging with them in a robust discussion, they resort to something which is untoward to score cheap political points and this is very wrong. If it was a man it would not have happened in this manner.

But Lobe says everyone in society should be involved in discussions around sexism.

"Whether it's a comment made by the Youth League President or by Ntsiki Mazwai; but where is this progressive man of our land? Men that we know are good men."

Baloyi says that he wants Mazwai to lodge a complaint at the commission, so that they can investigate.