Tuesday’s motion of no-confidence vote biggest winner, President Zuma wants anyone who abuses women, regardless of his position to be severely punished.
Addressing the crowd at a Women’s Day celebration in Kimberley‚ Northern Cape‚ the president said his government has done more than enough towards the improvement of girls and women’s lives in the country.
The president, who looked unfazed by the outcome of Tuesday’s vote, lamented that a serious problem facing the country is that of violence and abuse towards women and girls.
He directed the police and other concerned authorities to ensure that they treat women and child abuse cases as priority crimes and also make offenders face the full might of the law.
“We need to prosecute those who abuse women. They must not buy their way of remaining out of prison by giving money. South Africa must be safe for women and children,” he said.
In addition, he urged victims of domestic violence and sexual offences not to keep quiet but to rather speak out by reporting promptly to the nearest police station.
Zuma is currently under pressure to act against Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana who admitted to slapping a woman at the Cubana nightclub in Fourways on Sunday.
Manana’s assault victim, on Wednesday, told reporters that she will not accept his apology because Manana has not apologized to her personally and did not mention the other women he allegedly hit in his apology note.
Mduduzi has since apologised (twice) to Mandisa Duma, South Africans and the nightclub.
The National Women’s Day commemoration event in Galeshewe was also attended by ANC members, including Bathabile Dlamini, who sang Zuma’s praises all through her speech.
This year’s Women Day theme is captioned: “The Year of OR Tambo: Women United in Moving South Africa Forward”.
The president with a cat’s nine lives survived a no confidence motion – the eighth one in past 7 years – on Tuesday.
Parliament Speaker Baleka Mbete announced that 198 MPs voted against the motion, while 177 voted in favour and nine abstained. MPs of the African National Congress (ANC) burst into applause when the result was announced while opposition parties walked out of the House looking crestfallen.
However, they expressed happiness with the outcome and promised to pressurize the ruling party until they learn to put the lives of the people, the Constitution and the country first before their party.