#Khwezi: Dlamini tells Ramaphosa to 'speak about himself' on matters of abuse

ANCWL President Bathabile Dlamini has reacted to Cyril Ramaphosa’s comments on the Jacob Zuma’s rape accuser, Khwezi’, where he said he believes she was raped by the President.

African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) president Bathabile Dlamini. Picture: Supplied

DURBAN – The African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) President Bathabile Dlamini has slammed Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for speaking out about Khwezi, saying if he wants to talk about violence against women he must start with himself.

Dlamini has been speaking at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Clermont, KwaZulu-Natal, on Saturday afternoon where a rally to close off the year of O.R Tambo is underway.

Speaking on 702 earlier this week Ramaphosa said he believed that Fezeka Khuzwayo (also known as Khwezi) for the protection of her identity during and after the trial, was raped by President Jacob Zuma.

The deputy president says he respects the court processes in which Zuma was acquitted during his trial in 2006.

Dlamini says Ramaphosa should not use gender-based violence as a political tool.

“We want to say, ‘Comrade Cyril if you want to speak out about violence against women and children, talk about yourself. You must open up because you say you know how difficult it is for a woman to take a stand’."

Meanwhile, Ramaphosa has asked the Shembe church to pray for the African National Congress (ANC) to have a peaceful conference in a week’s times.

Some of the ANC leadership provincial elective conferences were marred by violence this year.

Addressing the Shembe church members in Mtubatuba in KwaZulu-Natal, the presidential nominee says the upcoming conference is very important in taking the country forward.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)