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Zuma security slammed for manhandling #RememberKhwezi protesters

Powa says the manner in which security removed the women was unnecessarily violent.

One of 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.

JOHANNESBURG - Civil society organisations have slammed the security personnel that manhandled the four silent female protesters during President Jacob Zuma's address at the election results ceremony, with the organisation People Opposing Woman Abuse (Powa), saying it's even more disturbing to watch such violence during Women's Month.

Powa says the manner in which Zuma's security detail removed the women from the Independent Electoral Commission's (IEC) election results centre was unnecessarily violent.

Four women staged the protest on Saturday night during the president's address at the IEC, carrying cards referring to Khwezi, the woman who accused Zuma of rape in 2006.

He was later acquitted in the High Court but one of the protesters, Naledi Chirwa, says they still believe Khwezi.

African National Congress Women's League president Bathabile Dlamini says the four women were used by the EFF to disrupt and embarrass Zuma.

"If they wish and think that the president is going to step down, that is a dream."

Powa's Nhlanhla Mokwena says the force used by the security personal was appalling.

"Especially during Women's Month like that because they were doing their protest, they were not violent."

Feminist movement One in Nine, which has been raising awareness around #RememberingKhwezi says the four women chose the right time and place to demonstrate.

"Because I think women should actually be raising their voices. We should be shouting every day, everywhere."

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the four exercised their right to protest but refused to comment on the apparent force by security.

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