Scores of the members of the Economic Freedom Fighters within Lepelle Nkumpi Local Municipality (LNM) were gathered at Maijane community hall in Ga Mphahlele celebrating women’s day on August 9
The day marked 65th anniversary since mass women marched to the Union Building in Pretoria led by the South African anti-apartheid activist, Lilian Ngoyi demanding the end to the country’s pass laws, universal suffrage, equality, equity and protection against discrimination of women
During the commemoration a member of the Provincial Command Team (PCT), Tinyiko Manganye delivered a key note.
Amongst the attendance was the regional chairperson, Lesiba Mothata and the secretary Oscar Motolla.
On the same, the president and the Commander in Chief (CIC) of the EFF, Julius Malema addressed virtual EFF women’s day.
Malema encouraged EFF women to be like the late Winnie Mandela. He said they don’t have to be scared because only the truth will liberate them and it will break the chain of oppression against women.
The CIC said women of his party are a special breed he said they are kind of women who takes no nonsense from anyone.
He applauded them of not pretending whenever things are wrong and they speak the truth.
“Women of the EFF, continue to lead us. We are right behind you, because we have full confidence in your leadership and your leadership style,” said Malema.
The president of the red beret also applauded the EFF women of not being scared to be isolated by the status-quo.
He said he salute them because they are leading from the front as he says they are not scared to lead the charge against the most powerful establishment.
“I salute all women who are leading the charge for the economic emancipation. I salute them because they are brave,” he said.
Malema also said they must fight all those who falsefully accuse other people of doing wrong things including accusing people of rape as he believe those who falsefully and intentionally lie about rape undermine their struggle to fight against the real victims and perpetrators of rape.
“Anything that threatens the security of women cannot be associated with the struggle for economic emancipation,” he said.
Malema implored his supporters to take responsibilities in making sure that indeed women are safe in the country.
“We must achieve these objectives in memory of the 1956 generation in order to ensure that the women of the country and the continent are truly free in the land of their birth,” he said
The CIC said being a woman is not a sign of being less human.
He added that his party ensure that the state provide free sanitary towels and alternative sanitary material for menstruation for women and girls as he wanted that to be passed through an Act of Parliament
“The EFF will enter a process to amend the Criminal Law Amendment Act and existing legislation to include harsher minimum sentences for ‘corrective’ rape specifically, or crimes committed with hatred as motivation in general,” explained Malema.
He said sexual harassment is rife in the corporate sector, and as a result they must establish a dependable and safe whistleblower mechanism for reporting all instances of sexual harassment, job for sex and gender based violence in the workplace including in the municipalities and in government sphere.
“If we want to end the oppression of women we must ensure that there is compulsory gender education and training for all work activities,” he concluded.