A performance by a “naked” choir from a group of South African students has prompted research requests from the country’s education minister.
Angie Motshekga said she was “extremely disappointed” after seeing images of the Xhosa girls acting with a small apron, known as “inkciyo”. The minister of basic education said that it was an “indignity [that] goes against the values of our cultures”. But the choirmaster has defended the election, saying he was proud.
According to the South African Daily Dispatch website, the unidentified teacher said: “We are proud of our Xhosa tradition, we are proud of ‘inkciyo’, and we are proud of the women and girls of Xhosa.”
The Xhosa are the second largest ethnic group in South Africa.
Images of the performance at a competition in Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape, emerged earlier this week, showing the girls dancing on stage, with their breasts and buttocks exposed.
Since then, the matter has been extended to Ms. Motshekga’s national department.
“It is completely inappropriate on the part of educators and they should know better than to expose adolescents to this form of exploitation,” the AFP news agency quoted in a statement.
“There is absolutely nothing wrong with being proud of their culture and heritage, but there was absolutely no need for these children to show up completely naked.
“That indignity goes against the values of our cultures.”