Port Elizabeth – Women in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday marked Women’s Day by appealing to senior government officials, including President Jacob Zuma, to lead by example.
The women, all dressed in black, complained that women abuse and rape had escalated under the Zuma administration. They said he should not be allowed to address women’s gatherings because he was doing little to protect women, GroundUp reported.
Speaking at the Ngesi traffic circle in New Brighton, Vuyolwethu Saliso, 32, of the Khanyisa Ikamva Project, said: “Women are being abused everywhere, in their homes, on the streets and at their places of work. Top government officials are becoming chief culprits.
“All these abuses are happening under President Jacob Zuma’s watch. Also Police Minister Fikile Mbalula is active on social media discouraging crime, yet he is silent on Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana, who confessed to beating a woman last week in Gauteng. When is Mbalula going to arrest his colleague, Mr Manana? This reinforces the argument that there is selective justice in this country.” [It has been reported that Manana has since appeared in court. – Editor]
Saliso said she was physically and psychologically abused 12 years ago. She had only revealed her experiences last year. She said verbal abuse was the most common form of women abuse.
“Girls are not free to walk in the streets because abusive boys and men call them bad names. If they report to the police, nothing happens to the abusers. Verbal abuse is documented as