Lumka Oliphant apologises to women over social media rant

Oliphant has apologised for her use of explicit and offensive language in a Facebook post last week defending Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

Department of Social Development spokesperson Lumka Oliphant being interviewed. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Social Development spokesperson Lumka Oliphant says her recent rant on social media is by no means a reflection of her beliefs on women, adding that it was not her intention to degrade South African women.

Oliphant has apologised for her use of explicit and offensive language in a Facebook post last week defending Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

The African National Congress Women's League distanced itself from Oliphant’s post, but agreed that the minister doesn’t have a drinking problem.

Oliphant has described herself as a custodian for women's right and gender equality and says it’s regrettable that she came across as offensive to the very people she was trying to protect.

“To all the women, I do apologise. Especially those who know me as a person who speaks for gender activism, who speaks for women and their rights.”