ANCWL claims #RememberKhwezi protesters used by EFF

The ANCWL president says the protesters were used to embarrass the president & SA’s democracy.

ANC Women's League President Bathabile Dlamini. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) President Bathabile Dlamini says the group of activists, who silently demonstrated during President Jacob Zuma's address at the national election results centre, were used by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to embarrass him.

Four women staged a silent anti-rape protest during Zuma's address at the electoral results centre in Tshwane last night.

Dlamini claims the women were put up to it by the EFF.

"We are not going to allow reactionaries and tyranists who are supported by clandestine forces, who pay them for any action to embarrass our growing democracy and the ruling party."

While Zuma declared the elections free and fair, the four stood in front of the podium holding placards referring to Khwezi, the woman who accused Zuma of rape in 2006.

Witnesses heard screaming as the four young women were removed from the IEC results floor.

One of the demonstrators says the president's bodyguards continued to assault and insult the girls.

"They pushed me so hard and my knees are very sore right now. They pushed us and continued to push us."

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Meanwhile, State Security Minister David Mahlobo has described the protest as unfortunate.

"We must note that it was an unfortunate incident. There should always be balance in exercising your democratic rights. Those women who protested have democratic rights which should be respected, however, we should also respect that there are security parameters."

Mahlobo was speaking during the inter-ministerial committee on elections in Pretoria.

The state security minister says that shouldn't have happened.

The minister says he is expecting a report on what exactly happened soon.