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Shabangu slams Mugabe for rape comments

Women Affairs Minister Susan Shabangu says Grace Mugabe is oppressed” and “in need of liberation”.

Minister of Women's Affairs Susan Shabangu. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Minister of Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu has reportedly slammed Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe over comments she made about women wearing miniskirts.

Mugabe sparked outrage last month when she made remarks insinuating that if women wore short skirts they deserved to be raped.

At the time she said, "If you walk around wearing miniskirts displaying your thighs and inviting men to drool over you, then you want to complain when you have been raped? It's unfortunate because it will be your fault."

According to the local Newsday, Shabangu spoke during a 16 days of activism against gender-based violence function today and described Grace's comments as "sad".

According to the paper she also said that Zimbabwe's First Lady is "oppressed" and is "in need of liberation".

Last month, Robert Mugabe's wife also said often skipped meals in solidarity with the hungry in Zimbabwe.

The First Lady suggested that the reason reporters from Zimbabwe's private press write unflattering reports about her is because they're hungry.