Speaking during a visit to Othandweni Women’s Shelter Hillbrow, Johannesburg, DA leader Mmusi Maimane told his numerous supporters that women are mostly endangered by poverty.
Maimane, who arrived at the women’s shelter in Hillbrow, emphasized the need to protect women from the claws of poverty ravaging the country.
During the visit, which was organized to mark Nelson Mandela Day, Maimane assured his audience that he was not primarily at the centre for political campaign or speeches, rather to donate relief materials to them.
“Today is not a day for speeches. It’s not about politics. We are here today to show humanity.
We are here to give back to the community. Poverty is feminine. It affects our mothers and sisters the most‚” the opposition leader said.
DA Leader Mmusi Maimane Sings
In a bid to lighten up their hearts, Maimane broke out in the song; “Izwa imithandazo yethu. Nkosi sikelela. Thina lusapo lwayo.”
Later on, the party donated blankets and toiletries to the women; they were promised cash donation too.
DA Johannesburg mayoral candidate, Herman Mashaba, who was part of the team also praised the women for putting up in such center and performing excellently in their work.
Othandweni Women’s Shelter is a haven for abused women or those who were pushed out of their homes by their partners.
The shelter houses 40 women overnight at a charge of R15 per night.
Meanwhile, a little drama ensued between the DA and ANC on Monday when both rival parties engaged in war talks at a crèche at Woodlands Site 11.
The clash apparently evolved when the DA showed up in the ANC-led area to paint the crèche blue as part of the 67 minutes for Mandela.
However, while the stand off lasted, the DA alleged that the ANC has no right to ward off them because the party has been supporting the crèche through a feeding scheme for the past three years.
The ANC on the other hand maintained that the DA lied as they had first indicated interest in renovating the hall before the DA followed suit.