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South Africa is arguably the most devel­oped nation in Africa yet they seem not to enter­tain any school of taught in the direc­tion of let­ting go some of their prim­i­tive prac­tices; like danc­ing bear breast­ed, match­ing bear breast­ed and some oth­er prim­i­tive tra­di­tions they still prac­tice till this day and age.

Anoth­er prac­tice has sparked an out­rage in South Africa just recent­ly. A “naked” choir per­for­mance by a group of South African school­girls has led to calls for inves­ti­ga­tion by the country’s edu­ca­tion min­is­ter.

Ang­ie Mot­shek­ga said she was “extreme­ly dis­ap­point­ed” after see­ing footage of the Xhosa girls per­form­ing wear­ing only a small apron, known as an “inkciyo”. The basic edu­ca­tion min­is­ter said it was an “indig­ni­ty [which] goes against the val­ues of our cul­tures”.

But the choir­mas­ter has defend­ed the choice – say­ing he was proud.

Accord­ing to South Africa’s Dai­ly Dis­patch web­site, the unnamed teacher said:

We are proud of our Xhosa tra­di­tion. We are proud of ‘inkciyo’. We are proud of Xhosa women and girls.”

The Xhosa are South Africa’s sec­ond-largest eth­nic group. The footage of the per­for­mance at a com­pe­ti­tion in Mthatha, in the East­ern Cape, emerged ear­li­er this week, show­ing the girls danc­ing on stage, their breasts and but­tocks exposed.

Edu­ca­tion Min­is­ter Ang­ie Mot­shek­ga said the com­pe­ti­tion was a form of exploita­tion. The video was tak­en dur­ing a seg­ment about Xhosa tra­di­tion, the South African web­site Times­Live reports.

The mat­ter has since been esca­lat­ed to Ms Motshekga’s nation­al depart­ment.

It is com­plete­ly inap­pro­pri­ate on the part of edu­ca­tors and they should know bet­ter than to expose teenage girls to this form exploita­tion,” the AFP news agency quotes her as say­ing in a state­ment.

There is absolute­ly noth­ing wrong with being proud of your cul­ture and her­itage, but there was absolute­ly no need for these chil­dren to per­form com­plete­ly naked.

That indig­ni­ty goes against the val­ues of our cul­tures.”

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