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ANCWL: Young women must think carefully about how they protest

The league has lashed out at four activists who held a silent protest at the IEC on Saturday.

ANCWL president Bathabile Dlamini. Picture: Facebook.

PRETORIA - African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) president Bathabile Dlamini says while the organisation encourages young women to protest for their rights, it still doesn't agree with the anti-rape protest that was staged during President Jacob Zuma's election address.

While Zuma gave his speech at the IEC results centre on Saturday, four young activists held placards showing solidarity with the woman who accused him of rape in 2005.

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The ANCWL has criticised the women for allowing themselves to be used for what it says was a political ploy.

The league's president has urged young women to think carefully about how they protest.

"We continue to encourage our young women to peacefully demonstrate, but not what we saw at the Independent Electoral Commission."

While the league has lashed out at the four activists, it has also received a backlash from women's rights groups.

Activists have accused the ANCWL of failing to address current challenges facing South African women, including those related to rape culture.