Violence Against Women Abuse Is Culture Within ANC- ADEC

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Johannesburg – The African Democratic Change (ADEC) said although it does not promote abuse against women, it is not surprised by the displayed violence which occurred outside Luthuli house on Monday.

“The actions of Thabiso Setona should not come as a surprise, as violence against women is a culture within the ANC,” said the ADEC.

The ADEC condemned the violent behaviour displayed by Johannesburg’s Zone 12 Secretary of the African National Congress (ANC), Thabiso Setona, after he allegedly assaulted a woman during the ‘Defenders of Luthuli House’ protest led by the Black First Land First members.

“When men in power are given free rein to rape and physically abuse women, such behaviour becomes normalised and institutionalised,” said the ADEC in a statement.

According to a statement made by the ADEC, the ANC has a history of rewarding those who rape and abuse women and the party plans to lay charges against Setona as they do not promote gender-based violence.

“The current state President Jacob Zuma was awarded a position after he raped a young woman, former Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana was awarded a position as ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) member after he was found guilty for assaulting a young woman,” said the ADEC.

“Gender based violence is a social issue and should be treated with the seriousness it deserves.”