Anti-rape protesters disrupt Zuma’s IEC address

Four women held placards referencing President Zuma’s rape accuser, known as Khwezi.

One of the four women who staged a silent anti-rape protest during President Jacob Zuma's address at the IEC briefing on 6 August 2016. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Four women staged a silent protest during President Jacob Zuma's address at the Independent Electoral Commission results centre in Tshwane.

Zuma arrived at the centre as the commission was making preparations to deliver the final results of the 2016 local government elections.

The four females seemed to be in an anti-rape silent protest which referenced the rape charge President Zuma faced in 2005 and which was dismissed in 2006.

His rape accuser, who was one of his friend's daughters, was known as Khwezi by the media.

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The placards read "I am 1 in 3", "#10 years later", "Khanga", and "Remember Khwezi".

One of the demonstrators is Simamkele Dlakavu, who tweeted the following after security removed them from the hall.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe says the silent protest was the women's democratic right.

"That's how free South Africa is, you can protest while the president is speaking. Nobody disrupts you. You are allowed to protest."

Mantashe refused to comment on the manner in which security appeared to manhandle the protesters.