The Department of Basic Education Spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga has apologised for some tweets that had raunchy pictures that he says were to promote reading.

The tweets were part of a thread in which he used the hashtag Read to Lead.

In the tweets, Mhlanga encouraged people to take some time to read. Some of the tweets had what people said were NSFW (Not Suitable For Work) pictures.

They were captioned with messages like "Drop all and read, once a day, pause other activities and read. Readers are leaders, they say. @DBE_SA #ReadtoLead"