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Basic Education Dept's Elijah Mhlanga agrees to gender sensitisation training

Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga has agreed to gender sensitisation training after tweeting pictures of half-naked men and women holding books while encouraging the culture of reading.

Department of Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga. Picture: @ElijahMhlanga/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga has agreed to gender sensitisation training after tweeting pictures of half-naked men and women holding books while encouraging the culture of reading.

Many, including Parliament's portfolio committee on Education, condemned Mhlanga for his social media post and called for action to be taken against him.

The Commission for Gender Equality, which recommended the training, said it would monitor overall gender transformation at the department.

The commission's Javu Baloyi: "It compels us, based on what Mr Mhlanga has done, to go that route. He speaks for an institution that has got little boys and girls, [from whom] we need to remove the mindset that is still attached and is [learned] from society."

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