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ANCWL: Zuma should be respected like any other citizen

The league marched on the Union Buildings, against artist Ayanda Mabulu’s painting of the president.

Thousands of ANC Women's League members marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 30 October 2015 in defence of President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) says it will not stand by and watch President Jacob Zuma be humiliated, and African culture diluted.

Thousands of women marched on the Union Buildings on Friday, saying they had to defend Zuma's dignity.

WATCH: Thousands of ANC Women's League members marched through the streets of Pretoria for what they call "the defense of the revolution".

Earlier this month, artist Ayanda Mabulu was strongly criticised by the ANC for depicting the president sexually abusing a woman in a painting.

ANCWL President Bathabile Dlamini says the president should be respected like any other citizen, but this doesn't mean every ANC leader must be protected irrespective of what he or she has done.

"We are not saying that ANC members should not be questioned and that we are running away from the debate."

The ANC Youth League is amongst a list of the party's affiliates who supported the Women's League on Friday.

They say Zuma is a father who needs to be treated with dignity.

This week, the president's son Edward also issues a statement saying he's ready to defend his father against Mabulu.

WATCH: Edward Zuma explains his 'physically defend' comments

WARNING: Graphic content of a sexual nature. _ Click here_ to see Mabulu's painting of President Zuma.

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