#RememberKhwezi: Rights group condemns treatment of protesters

Four women staged a silent protest for the woman who accused Jacob Zuma of rape.

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."

JOHANNESBURG - Human rights group Sonke Gender Justice says South Africans should applaud the four young women who held what it calls a 'brave' silent protest highlighting rape culture in the country during the 2016 local government election results ceremony.

The young women held up placards reading "one in three", "Khanga" and "Remember Khwezi", during President Jacob Zuma's speech at the weekend.

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Khwezi is the woman who accused President Zuma of rape in 2005. Zuma was acquitted of the charge in the high court in 2006.

The group's Bafana Khumalo says the manner in which the women were manhandled by security officials after the president's speech was appalling.

"These young women had staged what was a silent protest, never disrupted proceedings [and] allowed the president to finish his speech. All they did was simply to raise a message that they felt was important for the country to take into cognisance."