Stop calling Zuma a rapist - bishop

2015-10-30 14:50
(Naledi Shange, News24)

(Naledi Shange, News24)

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Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has been treated as a young boy for far too long, Bishop Stephen Zondo said during an ANC Women's League event outside the Union Buildings on Friday.

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The Rivers of Living Waters Ministry bishop told the several hundred ANCWL members who had marched through the streets of Pretoria earlier that people need to realise Zuma is somebody's father and father-in-law.

"He should be respected as a man."

Speaking from a stage outside the Union Buildings, Zondo called for an end to people calling Zuma things such as "rapist".

In 2006, the High Court in Johannesburg found Zuma not guilty of raping a 31-year-old HIV-positive woman.

The large group of ANCWL members gathered in Pretoria earlier to march in defence of Zuma and the national democratic revolution.

The league earlier said it was planning to march to Union Buildings on Friday to defend the honour of the president, especially in light of a recent painting by Ayanda Mabulu, which shows a naked Zuma receiving oral sex.

(Naledi Shange, News24)

See more: Twitter users slam ANCWL's Zuma march

"We condemn the denigration of the image of President Zuma by so-called artists. For example, recently the portrayal of the president's genitals in the mouth of a woman. The country was silent and even failed to condemn the imagery of violence against women," it said in a statement at the time.

"Women reaffirm the leadership of President Zuma as the champion of the revolution. The leadership of the movement leading the national democratic revolution is represented by the face of its president, therefore, by virtue of this fact, he is the human face of our revolution.

"The ANCWL, therefore, regards any attack on the president as an attack on the revolution and the organisation - the ANC."

The league's president Bathabile Dlamini said earlier that Zuma deserved more respect because he is the leader of our country.

Read more: Zuma the face of SA, respect him - ANCWL

"Zuma is the face of the ANC and our country. He needs respect," Dlamini said.

"If people can start with the president, it means on the ground they are going to bully everyone."

As the group arrived at the Union Buildings earlier, they were entertained by gospel artists Deborah Fraser and Winnie Mashaba.

Some of the placards carried by the members read: "Pull her down syndrome must fall" and "#President has the right to dignity".

(Naledi Shange, News24)

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