Rape culture is not a race thing – Premier Zille

2016-08-11 06:00

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said the issue of rape culture in South Africa was not exclusive to any one race, adding it was time to tackle the issue head on.

Zille was speaking at a Women’s Day commemoration breakfast at the District Six Museum in Cape Town on Wednesday.

The former DA leader said issues affecting women can’t only be addressed by changing women’s standing at a high level.

“The quota of women in cabinet is not going to change South Africa. It’s a very easy diversion from the real issues affecting 90% of women in the country who are still in abusive relationships with men.

“We need to tackle rape culture head on. This is not a race thing: Patriarchal culture does not affect only certain races. It affects everyone.”

She also hailed the four young women who protested at the IEC results in centre in Pretoria as brave.


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