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Bulk of Dlamini's #WomensDay address praises Zuma, president upbeat

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini says Zuma has been "tortured" because he leads the ANC.

ANCWL President Bathabile Dlamini (L) and President Jacob Zuma (C) at the Women’s Day celebrations in Galeshewe, Kimberley in the Northern Cape. Picture: @GovernmentZA.

JOHANNESBURG - Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has used the bulk of her National Women's Day address to defend and praise President Jacob Zuma.

Dlamini says Zuma has been "tortured" because he leads the ANC.

“You’ve been persecuted not because you are President Jacob Zuma but because you are president of the ANC. The enemy started with its tricks long ago because they know they will never defeat us in the elections.”

Dlamini told hundreds of people at the celebrations that opposition parties tried to destabilise the ANC with Tuesday's secret ballot.

Zuma also addressed celebrations in Kimberley after narrowly surviving a vote of no confidence in Parliament on Tuesday.

An upbeat-looking Zuma was welcomed to the podium with singing, chanting and ululating.

“We remember today for the strength and the determination of approximately 20,000 women who marched fearlessly to the Union Buildings in Pretoria in 1956.”

[WATCH] ANC 2017 National Women’s Day celebrations

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)