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President Ramaphosa tells men to ‘zip up and stop violating women’

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Speaking at a Workers’ Day rally, President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on men to zip up their pants and stop abusing women and children.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on South African men to afford women the honour they deserve by zipping up their pants, not violating or abusing them. Ramaphosa was speaking at a Workers’ Day rally hosted by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Claremont, just outside Durban on Wednesday, 1 May 2019.

“Abuse of women mustn’t continue being the cancer that it is. I call upon men to offer respect to women of the country and offer them the honour they deserve. I call upon men to zip-up, to pull up our zips and stop raping and abusing women. We must do exactly the same with the children of our country,” said Ramaphosa.

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The president said only a strong and united African National Congress (ANC), Cosatu and South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) could lead the country into the future, saying that the tripartite alliance was well-positioned to push for equal pay, equal training and promotions for women.

“We will also work hard to end the harassment of women in the workplace, the home and communities,” he said.

Ramaphosa said the ANC would constantly strive for the renewal of the organisation, saying it would be done in collaboration with the alliance and the working class. He noted the importance of challenging all practices that promoted factionalism and division with the alliance.

“We need to embark on programmes that accelerate growth and create employment but also transform the economy so it’s one where everyone can share in inclusive growth.

“Our lived experience tells us we must undertake fundamental transformation of our economy in circumstances that are not of our choosing. We have to shift the balances of forces at all time.”

He concluded his address by applauding Cosatu’s role in achieving a minimum wage, saying this was why Cosatu stood firm as the voice of the working people. “Long may you continue to play that role.”

Abenathi Gqomo
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