League calls for harsher sentences

2017-08-16 06:00
Bathabile Dlamini with President Jacob Zuma during the 2017 National Women’s Day celebration on Wednesday, 9 August, in the Galeshewe Stadium.

Bathabile Dlamini with President Jacob Zuma during the 2017 National Women’s Day celebration on Wednesday, 9 August, in the Galeshewe Stadium.

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Harsher sentencing against child and women abusers is being called for by the ANC Women’s League, including an increase in the maximum sentence.

The call was made during the 2017 National Women’s Day celebration on Wednesday, 9 August, at the Galeshewe Stadium, where President Jacob Zuma gave the keynote address.

The ANC supporters sang struggle songs in support of Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who was among the dignitaries.

Among the messages were: “If you do not want Zuma then you must stand back,” and “we are ready for Nkosazana Zuma”.

In attendance was also Free State Premier Ace Magashule, whose presence could not be missed due to continuous acknowledgement of his supporters from their ­province.

The league’s national president, Bathabile Dlamini, emphasised the high legal law costs for abuse victims, which leads to low quality services.

She was speaking at the event held inside a fully packed marque tent erected inside the Galeshewe Stadium.

She lambasted those expressing negative reactions and doubts regarding the readiness of a woman to lead as president.

The celebration came a day after Zuma had survived the motion of no confidence through a secret ballot in parliament.

The secret ballot was called on by opposition members of parliament.

According to reports, this is the eighth time that Zuma survived an attempt to remove him as president of South Africa. The ballot results revealed that 52% voted in his favour, 2% percent abstained and the remaining 46% voted against him.

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