Don’t make women wait for maintenance, Jacob Zuma tells fathers

2014-08-09 16:15

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President Jacob Zuma received applause and cheers when he called on fathers to pay their maintenance on time at the Women’s Day celebrations at King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban.

“We appeal to the working parents, especially the fathers, to support their children without the involvement of the courts.”

Zuma said mothers needed to receive their maintenance on time, “instead of making women wait for the money”.

He said that payment could be made electronically and there was no reason for them not to be made.

Zuma said many strides had been made to emancipate women, but more needed to be done.

He said that government had made big strides in employing women and supported women in becoming entrepreneurs.

He said that much progress had been made in the workforce, but that “remnants of unfair practices still exist in the workforce”.

There was much singing and ululating from the women, most of whom were wearing ANC Women’s League uniforms or ANC t-shirts emblazoned with Zuma’s portrait.

Earlier, women’s league president Angie Motshekga said that much had been achieved since the advent of democracy in 1994, but that much more needed to be achieved to bring about gender equality.

“Some of the problems identified 60 years ago still persist. A girl child must not walk with fear that there is a rapist behind her.”

She said that while, constitutionally, the rights of women were protected, more needed to be done in achieving gender equality on the ground.

Security was tight at the stadium with snipers visible on top of the main stand and the eThekwini metro police equestrian unit patrolled outside.

There were performances by numerous bands and dance groups.

Members of the ANC Women’s League were bussed in from as far afield as Koffiefontein and Bethulie in the Free State.

This year’s festivities were held under the theme, 20 Years of Democracy: Moving Women’s Agenda Forward Through Socioeconomic Transformation.

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