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The crowd lambasted those who had called for the removal of Zuma, after he survived a vote of no confidence and instead cheered and sang to demonstrate their support for Zuma.

SUPPORT: President Jacob Zuma at yesterdays Womens Day celebrations at the Galeshewe Stadium.

THOUSANDS of ANC supporters from across the country gathered at the Galeshewe Stadium in Kimberley yesterday to commemorate Women’s Day and show their support for President Jacob Zuma, who delivered the keynote address.

The event was also attended by national ministers Nathi Mthethwa, Bathabile Dlamini, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Faith Muthambi and the former chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

Dlamini Zuma is the preferred presidential candidate of the ANC Women’s League to take over the reins of the party and the country from her ex-husband.

Premiers from other provinces and MECs were also amongst those in attendance.

The crowd lambasted those who had called for the removal of Zuma, after he survived a vote of no confidence in Parliament on Tuesday.

They also cheered and sang to demonstrate their support for Zuma. The Minister of Social Development and leader of the ANC Women’s League, Bathabile Dlamini, said that opposition parties who supported the vote of no confidence against Zuma wanted to carry out a coup.

“Mister President, you have been tortured and prosecuted. The opposition is not patient and wanted a coup rather than an election because they know they will never defeat us. You waited your term and you are not built by the media,” she said.

Dlamini added that many strides have been made in the emancipation of women since Zuma took to office.

“Since you became president, we now have a women’s ministry. You have put women in decision making positions.”

She also urged that those who abuse women be named.

“Leaders of the ANC who want to lead us must first show their track record when it comes to women. Each and every member who wants to stand for a position must show their track record. No one has the right to harass women.”

She echoed the voice of the women who stated that the country was ready for its first female president.

“Everyone has been asking whether we are ready for a woman to lead, yet women have always been part of the struggle. Women have participated in all four pillars of the struggle women have always been ready to lead,” she said.

Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas also showed her support for Zuma.

“We are here to show that you are our president. Welcome to the Northern Cape on the ninth, a day after the eighth day of August 2017,” Lucas told Zuma as the crowd cheered.

Members of the crowd sang Zuma’s praises and reiterated that they will continue to support him.