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Bathabile Dlamini ‘proud’ of Zuma

ANC Women’s League President Bathabile Dlamini says she still doesn't understand why there’s concern around Zuma.

FILE: Bathabile Dlamini. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - While President Jacob Zuma made no mention of surviving the motion of no confidence vote, ANC Women’s League President Bathabile Dlamini says she still doesn’t understand why there’s concern around him.

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has once again pledged her support for President Jacob Zuma, saying she respects him as he has earned his leadership.

Dlamini, who was recently in the spotlight for her role in the social grants payment crisis, told thousands of women on Wednesday that he’s been persecuted and tortured only because he’s the leader of the African National Congress (ANC).

Zuma survived yet another motion of no confidence on Tuesday, with just 21 votes separating the two sides.

Zuma delivered the keynote address at governments official Women’s Day event in Kimberley in the Northern Cape yesterday.

He spoke about the stigma faced by victims of abuse saying police will prioritise crimes against women.

“Domestic violence, trafficking and other traumatised victims to be taken in private.”

Dlamini sang President Zuma’s praises, saying that the opposition only wanted a motion of no confidence because they cannot defeat the ANC in the elections.

“Mr president we agreed in our NEC that we have to come here in our numbers to pledge our support. We hold you with respect and high regard.”

The minister says she’s proud of Zuma because the ANC has the “people’s president”, one who supports women.

Dlamini will soon have to testify at a public enquiry about the role she played in the social grant payment debacle, an issue that she’s largely blamed on South Africa Social Security Agency officials.

Since then her DG Zain Dangor has resigned and Sassa CEO Thokozani Magwaza’s contract was suddenly terminated.

Dlamini also spoke of the plight of women and touched on the motion of no confidence debate.

“People have always been afraid and the question we have always asked is: what are these people afraid of? We are proud Mr President because you are humble and never want to play revenge.”

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng and Zamangwane Shange)

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