High security as Zuma set to give address on 16 Days campaign

This will be the first time Zuma is expected to speak in public after calls for South Africans to hold silent protests wherever he speaks.

President Jacob Zuma will address crowds at this year’s commemoration of the International Day for the elimination of violence against Women and Children in Limpopo. Picture: @Dept_of_Women

JOHANNESBURG - There’s heightened security in Limpopo this morning as President Jacob Zuma is due to launch the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign.

This will be the first time Zuma is expected to speak in public after calls from civic society Save SA for South Africans to hold silent protests wherever he speaks.

The 2016 -16 Days of Activism campaign is marked under the theme “Count me in; together moving a non-violent South Africa forward”.

Gates at the Lebowakgomo Civic Centre are heavily guarded with security officials and the presidential protection unit is sparing no one from being searched as they enter the venue.

Scores of government officials have also gathered with women empowerment and child safety organisations also in attendance.

The president is expected to arrive shortly where he will deliver the keynote address.

(Edited by Neo Koza)