Miss South Africa faces backlash over wearing “hygiene” gloves to feed kids


The current Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters found herself in a social media storm after photos surfaced of her posing with children from an orphanage whilst wearing gloves.

And Demi had to explain herslef

“I just want to clear something. All the volunteers on sight wore gloves because we honestly thought that it’s the right thing to do while working with food. We were handing out food to young kids and that was the only intention with wearing the gloves‚ it was purely to be as hygienic as possible. I really feel like my intention were really misunderstood but I would like to apologise if I offended anyone”

Looks like this is just one PR mess for the reigning Miss South Africa

Miss SA spokesperson Claudia Henkel said Demi-Leigh had no malicious intentions by wearing the gloves.

“Our intentions were completely innocent going into the home. We were handed the gloves together with all other volunteers as we walked in and it was purely for hygiene purposes. The thing is it was such a busy day‚ so we hopped from preparing food to playing with the children. We did not think that the pictures would cause such a hype on Twitter as they were really innocent‚” she said.

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According to a statement issued by Miss South Africa the purpose was to help prepare and serve a hot meal to 300 people as part of an on-going campaign.

The statement went on to explain that Demi did not wear disposable gloves throughout the entire visit.

Ikageng programme director Carol Dyantyi said all volunteers including their staff members wore gloves during the food preparation.

“All volunteers‚ including our staff members‚ wore gloves during the food preparation. It was mandatory. It was such a successful day and I am sorry that the focus is now on the gloves rather than the positive impact it had‚” she said.

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  1. Tshepang

    July 6, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    What Hellen Zille meant

    “…The legacy of Coloniasm was great”

    She was in a Communist Republic at the time of making her tweet so it is safe to say she was speaking from a position of knowing. If one has been to a Socialist/Colonial Country, the first thing one notices is the Hygiene. My mom always said it was next to godliness.

    Below, you will see some of the most socialistic nations in the world today:

    New Zealand

    Despite popular myths, there is very little connection between economic performance and welfare expenditure. Many of the countries on this list are proof of that, such as Denmark and Finland

    These places are some of the cleanest places on earth with the obvious exception of China and its inner city. But that is due in part to the 1 billion people that reside there (and the inevitable need for proper birth control measures).

    Before South Africa was gifted with this white elephant we call a Constitutional Democracy (-I’ll tell you the funny story about the white elephant in the room much later), and way after it lost its Independence with Jan Van Reebek and his boats, under Colonial rules, controlling the movement of people meant control of the litter and people washing themselves and the idea that wearing gloves when handling food and trash and children is a better idea than not, whether the kids are black or white (#message).

    A great example is the inner CBD of JHB.

    That place was one of the cleanest modern towns of its time, so clean in fact that the Carlton Centre complex was once home to the five-star, 30-storey Carlton Hotel, which was prime accommodation in Gauteng and popular with the rich and famous. Former United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former President of France François Mitterrand, Hillary Clinton, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and singers Whitney Houston and Mick Jagger count among the hotel’s many famous guests. Urban decay in the inner city in the 1990s (which is when the Coloniasm ended) took its toll on the hotel, which shut its doors in 1997 after nearly 25 years of operation and to this day the Carlton Hotel, which sits next to the Carlton Centre, remains empty.
    And yet we complain when Abdul from Somalia has figured out that renting out space and selling stuff in vacant space is a pretty easy way to make a living. The riff raff in town is Mbekhis fault but I personally cannot tell the difference between a foreigner and an international. I’d totally jump off South Africa’s tallest building if it wasn’t just some tourist attraction (or the fact that I have to pay 25 bucks to access the rooftop to hurl myself to my instant death. Not cool city council).

    No Socio-economic political system is perfect and they all come with their faults, though it is plain to see that some are far superior for the larger majority than others. As for the white elephant, well way back when in India they used to live a pretty chilled life, much like how Africans did before Colonialism. They had a King to watch over the villagers and any time a villager caused trouble in the village, the King would gift them a white Elephant. Which to us is an Albino Elephant.

    Now considering that this was a gift from the King, one had to take care of the thing no matter what. And you can imagine what having to feed a fully grown Elephant daily (Elephants can consume up to 300kg of grass and fruit and roots a day, and up to 30 liters of water daily) meant for your pockets.

    Today we use the expression as a way to explain an awkward situation. One could say it was a pretty effective method to repel crime. Yup. Simpler times.

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