Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have blasted Police Minister, Bheki Cele for his apparent lack of empathy following the recent rape of eight women on the edge of a mine dump in Krugersdorp, west of Johannesburg.
The EFF denounced Cele’s remarks ‘that a 19-year-old woman was lucky to have been raped by one man, while another victim had been raped by ten men,’ calling for his immediate resignation.
Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Deputy Minister of Women, Youth and People with Disabilities, Nazley Sharif, said: “Bheki Cele’s public statement was vile, sexist, and outrageous.
Police Minister is being lambasted for suggesting the young woman’s suffering was less severe than others.
“What Minister Cele has said is meant to lull society into accepting rape as a normal practice on women,” the EFF stated.
Sharif, said: “I found Bheki Cele’s public statement to be the most outrageous and vile I’ve ever heard.”
Cele’s fatal position, even without considering the deadly failure of the ANC government to eradicate gender-based violence, victimises survivors, claims the EFF.
In a statement, the EFF said the state under President Cyril Ramaphosa is both a perpetrator and an enabler of gender violence.
EFF said it was concerned that the ANC government continues to show disdain for women, not just in its statements, but also in the actions of its members.
“We are calling on all South Africans to sign our petition calling for Cele’s axing so that the South African Police Service will be led by a competent and serious minister and not by an irresponsible, clueless misogynist, said the DA.
Sharif contends that if Cele remains Minister of Police on Women’s Day, August 9, it will be clear that the ANC-led government is unwilling to stop gender-based violence.
“On that day, no member of the ANC government will dare to stand on a stage and pretend to be committed to women’s rights. It will simply be laughable.”
The EFF said it has established a gender desk to combat gender-based violence and address women’s rights issues.