Crowds gather for Women's Day event

2012-08-09 12:52
Pretoria - Hundreds of people gathered in central Pretoria on Thursday for the beginning of the annual Women's Day commemorations.

The crowd gathered at an open space in the city centre where a multi-purpose monument would be constructed.

Among those present were Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile, Women's Minister Lulu Xingwana, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, and Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa.

Mokonyane told the gathering that funds had already been set aside for the centre's development.

"We have a plan in place. The City of Tshwane has already invested more than R8 million into the project.

"As the Gauteng government we have set aside R100 million to develop this site. We will be approaching national government and our partners overseas (to get further investment)."

Mokonyane unveiled the site on Thursday before the multitude marched along Stanza Bopape (formerly Church) Street, to the Union Buildings.

August is Women's Month in South Africa.

Women's Day is commemorated annually on August 9 in memory of the march held by women in 1956 to protest over apartheid pass laws, and a decision to apply them to women too.

In terms of this law, a pass restricted where black people were allowed to be, or travel to, in the country. Not carrying the "pass" or not having it up to date meant a fine or jail.

President Zuma was scheduled to speak to the crowd at the Union Buildings.

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