Video of 'completely naked' schoolgirl choir causes outrage

The choirmaster says he's "proud" of the girls.
The choirmaster says he's "proud" of the girls. Photo credit: Daily Dispatch / YouTube

A performance by "completely naked" schoolgirls has led to uproar and controversy in South Africa.

Video has emerged showing the young Xhosa girls dancing and singing on stage wearing just a small apron known as an "inkciyo", leaving their breasts and buttocks exposed.

The footage was taken during a segment about Xhosa tradition, according to the South African website TimesLive.

But basic education minister Angie Motshekga says she's "extremely disappointed" by the footage, and has called for disciplinary action to be taken.

"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 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."

However the choirmaster has defended the decision to wear the aprons.

"We are proud of our Xhosa tradition. We are proud of inkciyo. We are proud of Xhosa women and girls," the Daily Dispatch quotes him saying.