ANC Youth League treasurer Reggie Nkabinde on Monday said that the four young women who staged an anti-rape protest while President Jacob Zuma delivered his election acceptance speech were “planted” by someone who undermined Zuma.
“I am upset about the behaviour of the person who planted those women there. The rape case against President Zuma was closed a long time ago; it is a chapter buried a long time ago. Where were the women all these years? Why did they only come out now during elections?” asked Nkabinde.
“This was an agenda to undermine a sitting president. They tried many times to undermine the president before, and he is still standing even today … they’re not going to succeed, we’re going with him into 2019.”
Independent Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) deputy chairman Terry Tselane said on Monday that the commission had apologised to Zuma over the silent protest in Pretoria on Saturday. Four young women, who were manning the Economic Freedom Fighters’ desk at the IEC results centre throughout the week went upfront and held placards that referred to Zuma’s rape trial in 2006.
Zuma was acquitted of raping a then 31-year-old HIV-positive family friend at his home in Johannesburg in 2005.
Meanwhile, the youth league postponed its media briefing on Monday, as municipal coalition talks between the governing party, the Democratic Alliance, the EFF and other smaller parties raged on.
The African National Congress (ANC) in Johannesburg, led by mayoral candidate Parks Tau, postponed a Sunday media briefing as well, citing a special urgent provincial executive committee meeting “to reflect on the election results” and chart a way forward.
Although the ANC received the most votes in provinces across the country, it suffered a serious blow in key metropolitan municipalities where its support dropped significantly.
The DA support grew in areas such as Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay where it assumed majority party status.
The ANC also failed to get 50% of the vote in Ekurhuleni and Johannesburg, charting the way for the parties to form coalition governments within 14 days of the announcement of the local poll results.
– African News Agency (ANA)