We are not str!ppers. That is the emphatic message from Busi Mahlangu‚ one of the scantily clad dancers who were photographed performing at Johannesburg Medium-B prison.
We are professional street dancers and we had gone there on invitation.”
Correctional services managers and lower-ranking officials are among 13 people facing possible suspension after photographs of the event‚ held as part of Youth Month celebrations‚ went viral on social media.
Cassius Tlhotlhalemaje‚ a male performer in the group who is also a choreographer‚ said the routine took nine minutes. Prisoners and officials gave them a guard of honour when they were about to leave.
“There was nothing sexual about it‚” he told the newspaper.
Mahlangu said the furore would affect the reputation of the dancers.
“Someone took advantage of the situation and manipulated it to suit the power struggle that is currently going on there (at the prison)‚” she added.
“Thirteen of our officials will be contemplated for suspension if they were found to have flouted departmental rules‚” warned Smalberger.