Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is receiving backlash following her recent visit to a soup kitchen in Soweto
The reigning Miss South Africa was pictured wearing gloves while volunteering at the children’s home.
Her charity work has been overshadowed by her decision to cover her hands, which Twitter users claimed she did to avoid physical contact with the children.
Demi-Leigh was also seen handling bread and other food while wearing while wearing gloves.
She took to Twitter to clarify the situation.
“All the volunteers on site wore gloves today, because we honestly thought it is the right thing to do while working with food, and handing out food to young kids…. It was purely to be as hygienic as possible,” Demi-Leigh said in a video.
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
But Twitter users are not buying her explanation
“Could do more damage to the kids, they aren’t worth of physical contact? Worst representation of SA someone who can’t even touch black kids,” one Tweep said.
Im extremely disgusted by the actions of Miss SA
There's no amount of reason that can justify her eatin with gloves on while feedin the kids https://t.co/oiaAb7Es8z
— Sefularo Keamogetswe (@Sefularo_Keamo) July 5, 2017
Miss SA eating with gloves on ?must be a lab experiment… pic.twitter.com/tOShwUXGxP
— Modern Black Youth (@SasTheScientist) July 5, 2017
Miss SA can take her apology and gloves & shove them Kwa Verwoed and Terreblanche
— Mr Khumalo Sir (@RAI777GP) July 5, 2017
If our Miss SA has Put on those Gloves for Hygiene purposes then why didn't she put on Hair Net and an Apron. aaaaarg man don't fool us pic.twitter.com/4PEq1SH8GP
— IG:IAM_Tido_Benedict (@Thato_Sewetsi) July 5, 2017
Miss SA posted pictures of the beauty queen without gloves during the visit
She was interacting with some of the children and handing out towels at the time.