The silent protesters hold up their posters while President Jacob Zuma speaks. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)
Pretoria - ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe says people are
allowed to protest and voice their opinions about anything.
has a right to protest,” he said following a silent anti-rape protest during
President Jacob Zuma’s speech at the IEC’s results centre in Pretoria on Saturday.
stopped them and it shows you the level of democracy in the country. That shows
the extent of freedom in South Africa, that you can even protest when the
president is talking.”
women stood up and help cardboard signs with the words “Remember Khwezi”,
“khanga”, “I am 1 in 3” and “10 yrs later” in front of the stage where Zuma was
speaking. Security guards snatched their placards away and pushed them out of
were referring to Zuma’s rape trial 10 years ago. His accuser was known as
Khwezi in the media. Zuma was found not guilty.
women had been working at the EFF’s desk at the IEC centre during the
doesn't complicate anything. That protest is just a protest like any other,”
deputy chair Terry Tselane apologised to Zuma and said the protest had taken
them by surprise. He asked IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela to ensure that
journalists did not “exacerbate the situation”.