Zuma calls for women abusers to be prosecuted

Zuma seemed in good spirits, singing along with the crowd but also raising crucial issues affecting women, such as abuse.

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 - There’s still no word on when the Deputy Education Minister Mduduzi Manana will be arrested for assault, but pressure for action is mounting with President Jacob Zuma saying women abusers must be prosecuted regardless of their standing in society.

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

He made no mention of Tuesday’s secret ballot but ANC Women’s League President Bathabile Dlamini assured him that those trying to remove the president were not against him, but the entire ANC.

There was a warm reception for the president as women dressed in their ANCWL’s regalia sang songs praising him.

Zuma seemed in good spirits, singing along with the crowd but also raising crucial issues affecting women.

“We need to prosecute those who abuse women they must not buy their way of remaining out of prison.”

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said earlier this week that Manana would be arrested imminently for assaulting a woman at a Johannesburg night club, but didn’t divulge when.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)