The African National Congress Womens League (ANCWL) has once more come out with their whip, this time to lash the international Oscar Pistorius Support group for their support of his murderous act.
ANCWL who had not long ago lashed out on public Prosecutor Thuli Madonsels and others calling for Zuma’s resignation, has released a statement “condemning the actions of International Group for Oscar Pistorius which rallies for Pistorius support.
The League’s secretary-general‚ Meokgo Matuba on Wednesday condemned the group for being “satisfied with the culpable homicide ruling and is now gunning for a lenient sentence”.
She said “however, this stance is undermining the plight of women who continue to lose their lives in the hands of their partners‚”
“We condemn these actions because we believe that the brunt of domestic violence cannot be reduced into emotions and sentimental beliefs of a group that sympathizes with the accused.”
Members of the Pistorius support group on Monday had held a large rally with banners carrying names of people from more than 20 countries‚ as well as posters saying “Global character assassination” and “Oscar was abused and bullied in front of the world” outside the Pretoria High Court.
Pistorius’ supporters carried out the rally for his release even though the supreme court has found him guilty of murder. A well-known Politician Tokelo Africa earlier supported the call for the court to be lenient enough to set Pistorius free.
“We all make mistakes” and South Africa should give its “golden boy a chance”.
Heather Malcherczyk from the United Kingdom who also joined in the rally said: “I’ve always believed it was a terrible accident. He has no history of violence. No history of domestic violence. He is disabled… This is a violent country. He acted out of fear.”
However, ANCWL’s secretary General Matuba said the supporters’ actions “undermine our justice system which seeks to protect all victims of abuse irrespective of class”.
“We have observed the grand standing of the international supporters and we urge them not to undermine challenges faced by our people.”
She therefore vowed that “all structures of the ANCWL will be at the Pretoria High Court…to witness the judgement proceedings and to offer support to the Steenkamp family”.