Thursday 17th Aug 2017

Mayibongwe Maqhina - Cape Argus - 

President Jacob Zuma addresses his supporters after he survived a no confidence motion. Picture: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Parliament - President Jacob Zuma was upbeat moments after he survived yet another motion of no confidence that was debated in Parliament.

In an address punctuated by many "thank yous", Zuma described the ANC as powerful and difficult to beat.

"I want to thank you especially leaders that came from the provinces, particularly the chairmen and secretaries. I just came to say thank you to all of you," he said when addressing the hundreds of ANC supporters and members on a screen outside Parliament.

"You came in numbers to demonstrate that the ANC is powerful. It is difficult to defeat the ANC. You can't try," Zuma said.

He was particularly thankful to the ANC MPs for defeating the motion.

"We must thank comrades in Parliament who worked hard to defend the ANC, but also thank comrades who mobilised you to give support to those inside Parliament."

He, however, noted that his narrow survival of the motion was the eighth.

"Always they come. They don't want to learn that you can't touch the ANC. If you don't like it that is your baby," he said in apparent explanation of the failed motions of no confidence as nothing but hatred against him.

Zuma accused the opposition of using propaganda when they campaigned for the motion.

"Once again we have proved that the ANC is organisation of the people," Zuma said.

Zuma said the ANC was projected by the opposition in that as no longer enjoying majority support.

"There is something interesting in this scenario. The interpretation of some of the things are interesting," he said.

"The ANC was voted overwhelmingly by the majority of this country. No party received such number of votes. We represent the majority," Zuma said.

He also accused the opposition of using a "technicality" in Parliament to take over from the ANC.

"It is impossible."

He insisted that the ANC was supported by the majority. "They will realise in 2019 when we win."

Zuma said the opposition has too much to say.

"Your organisation is greater, the ANC. Thank you very much indeed," Zuma said.

However, he took a jibe at the media.

"They can speak and speak. They can write and write. They can analyse on the television. They will never take the ANC."

Women’s Day to be commemorated in Galeshewe, Kimberley

His Excellency, President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Jacob Zuma, will deliver a keynote address at the 2017 National Women’s Day on 9 August 2017, to be commemorated at Galeshewe, Kimberley in the Northern Cape under the theme: “The Year of OR Tambo: Women United in Moving South Africa Forward”.

Every August, South Africa commemorates Women’s Month as a tribute to the more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of pass laws to women.

This year, on National Women’s Day we pay tribute to women’s contributions to the liberation struggle whilst also observing the centenary of struggle icon OR Tambo and his contributions to the struggle to end gender inequalities.

During the Conference of Women in Luanda in 1981, he said: “The mobilisation of women is the task, not only of women alone, or of men alone, but of all of us, men and women alike, comrades in struggle. The mobilisation of the people into active resistance and struggle for liberation demands the energies of women no less than of men”.

“This year’s Women’s Month also takes place against a backdrop of a poor performing global economy. Women will be most affected by the economic decline and bear the brunt of its negative economic and social effects. We are also faced with increased levels of violence and brutality against women and children in our society. Since the start of this year, a number of incidents of violence and abuse on women have made headlines. Women’s Day is an opportunity to reflect on these challenges and together commit to finding lasting solutions,” said President Zuma.

The 2017 commemoration will build on the commitments made by President Zuma regarding the economic emancipation of women, and its consequent effects on all other aspects of women’s livelihoods.

Government will also be continuing its on-going National Dialogues on Violence against Women in the Northern Cape, as a means to continue the national discourse on the root causes and possible remedies to end violence. The dialogues are a platform for deepening democracy whilst ensuring safer and crime-free communities - especially for women and children.

Issued by: The Presidency