Johannesburg – The DA expressed their disappointment with comments made by President Jacob Zuma while registering in Nkandla on Saturday.
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According to DA national spokesperson, Phumzile Van Damme, Zuma’s comments are “outrageously sexist and an insult to every single woman in our country, especially those who are survivors of violence and sexual abuse”.
Zuma is reported as saying that women were too quick to say they were being harassed when men were innocently complementing them.
“It is precisely this patriarchal attitude that allows for women to remain the subjects of high levels of violence and sexual abuse throughout our country,” Van Damme said.
“It is also this sort of thinking that keeps women locked out of the economy, and out of jobs that could bring a much needed income to their family.”
The DA said that these comments will be reported to the South African Human Rights Commission.
“We will also write to Jacob Zuma and the ANC Women’s League President, Bathabile Dlamini, and ask that they issue an apology – without delay - to the women of South Africa for their blatant disconnect from their lived reality across our country.”
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