Malema: Trust EFF, we have no history of rape

2013-11-28 17:46

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Julius Malema said his party can be trusted by women and children as there was no “history of rape” in the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

In an indirect reference to President Jacob Zuma’s rape trial – in which the president was accused of raping a friend’s daughter but was later acquitted – Malema said those who have been accused of rape have no right to say they can protect women and children.

“Some people have history of rape and do not have the right to protect people from rape. We don’t have a history of being accused of rape and therefore women and children can trust us,” he said.

“Young girls, don’t be afraid to come closer to us because we are your protection. We don’t sleep with the children of our friends. We protect the children of our friends because they see us as their parents.

“Others look at others who sleep with their friends’ children and we look at them when they say: ‘Let’s protect women and children,’ and say, ‘Who’s talking?’

“A man who slept with a friend’s daughter is now saying he can protect children from rape. He doesn’t have the right and young girls and women, when you see him, you must run away from him.”

Malema said the EFF has the “right to say we will fight for the protection of women because we don’t see women as tools to be used in a bedroom”.

He added: “We see women as equal partners in the struggle for the emancipation of the poor. We see women as leaders of the African revolution and without women the revolution will never succeed,” Malema said.

In his message in support of the 16 Days campaign against gender violence, Malema further urged those who continue to bottle up their pain and die in silence to turn to his party for assistance and support.

“Those of you who are victims of rape and abuse and are not reporting it, you are home with EFF. Come report to us and we will not judge you. We shall give you support,” Malema said.

“Get out of abusive relationships. Don’t stay in an abusive relationship because you think you’ll die of hunger [if you leave your partner]. There is no grave of hunger but there is a grave of abuse.”

Malema urged EFF members not to be counted among women and children abusers and rapists.

“Those men who abuse and rape women, don’t do it in our name. We don’t rape and abuse women and children. We are lover boys. We love women,” he said.

“Men, don’t take out your economic frustrations on these women. Love them. Be a provider and a protector to your wife and children. Your family must feel safe around you. Women must not be heard screaming of abusive pain. They must scream out of joy and not pain.”

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