President Jacob Zuma has directed the police to treat crimes against women and children in South Africa as priority crimes.
Zuma was speaking on Wednesday at the Galeshewe Stadium, in Kimberly on the occasion of the country’s 61st Women’s Day.
“It is not good; we need to prosecute those who abuse women. All persons, regardless of positions in society, must face the full might of the law when they attack women and children,” Zuma declared.
The President said the government would continue to prioritise women issues, pointing out that the majority of beneficiaries of social grants in the country were women and children.
Zuma paid tribute to the brave women who marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on August 9, 1956 to protest against the pass law that restricted blacks to designated areas of the country.
Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini used the occasion to heap praise on President Zuma a day after he narrowly survived a vote of no confidence in him.
Dlamini, who is also the ANC Women’s League President, attacked those who tried to remove Zuma from office through a motion of no confidence in Parliament on Tuesday.
“The enemy started with its tricks long ago and they cannot hold themselves. They are not patient. They will prefer a coup rather than the elections because they know they will never defeat us in the elections,” Dlamini said.
The minister called on men from across all sectors of society, including ANC leaders, to show their commitment to fighting violence against women.