South Africa’s official opposition party is alleging that the ruling party intimidated women during the 16 Days of Activism.
According to the Democratic Alliance (DA) party, its Women’s Network members were intimidated and threatened with violence during a peaceful march aimed at bringing awareness against women and child abuse.
As such, DA KwaZulu-Natal has laid criminal charges against Angel Mchunu – the wife of Richmond Mayor, Joseph Mchunu
“The peaceful walk was disturbed by Mchunu and other ANC members, who gathered in numbers and blocked women who were part of this walk. A hail of insults was thrown at them and violence ensued.
“DA Women’s Network in KZN strongly condemns this incident that happened during the time when the country mark 16 Days of Activism Against Women and Children abuse.
“The DA is concerned at the manner in which the activists were treated by the ANC during 16 Days of Activism. Intimidation and violence against women and children are all too prevalent in rural areas, and UMgungundlovu East Constituency is no different,” stated Maimane’s party.
With the above, DA divulged that it will also make a statement on the issue in the National Assembly to condemn the ANC for their actions. “South Africa belongs to all and everyone has a right to take part in a peaceful march. The DA will be following up on this issue to make sure justice is served on those hell bent on bringing back no go areas that were abolished many years ago, (SIC)” added the party.
President Zuma launched the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign at the Lebowakgomo Civic Centre. The essence of the campaign was to encourage South Africans to act for a safer society for women and children.