Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters volunteering at a children's home in Soweto.
JOHANNESBURG - Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is facing a Twitter backlash after she was photographed wearing gloves at a soup kitchen.
Nel-Peters was volunteering at a children's home in Soweto and was shown wearing medical gloves while handing out soup and bread.
We're helping @TheMaslowHotel with the #MaslowSoupKitchen here at Ikageng in Soweto. pic.twitter.com/eM25SPl0tS— Miss South Africa (@Official_MissSA) July 5, 2017
Within moments, Twitter users hurled insults, labelling Nel-Peters a racist.
I don't buy miss SA 's scripted story !!! Here she is in Knysna peeling potatoes to feed the firemen. NO GLOVES!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/wgsjl0f13H— Portia Moemedi (@pookiportia) July 6, 2017
Miss SA eating with gloves on ?must be a lab experiment... pic.twitter.com/tOShwUXGxP— Modern Black Youth (@SasTheScientist) July 5, 2017
Can you imagine if this was Miss SA or Mashaba? #MissSA pic.twitter.com/x5iQ8Fdomv— ukhanki (@TboozeSA) July 6, 2017
So this is how we'll be eating from now on-- "Miss SA" pic.twitter.com/JItPP11Y8r— LPER∞ (@Mkholo2Mposula) July 6, 2017
In other photos, she's seen without gloves, while handing out towels and interacting with the children.
It's been an amazing morning. Special thanks to @TheMaslowHotel team for this wonderful initiative. #MaslowSoupKitchen pic.twitter.com/5x2JOTBhNT— Miss South Africa (@Official_MissSA) July 5, 2017
Nel-peters says she wore gloves to be hygienic when handling food.
To everyone asking about the gloves, I truly hope that you'll hear my heart and understand that it came from a place of wanting to do good. pic.twitter.com/Pl5amM2gEM— Demi-LeighNel-Peters (@DemiLeighNP) July 5, 2017