Men who abuse women are animals - Makhura

Pretoria - The Gauteng provincial commemoration of Women's Day was dedicated to the plight of abused children and women, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said on Saturday.

"I want to say this on behalf of men. Those men abusing, raping women, killing children are not doing it in our name," Makhura said in his keynote at the Women's Day commemoration at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

"We are saying as men, those are not men but animals. They are vicious animals. They are not even the animals that we have in our homes."


He called on people in the province to assist authorities in the fight against children and women abuse.

"We gather today, having buried Taegrin Morris who was mercilessly killed in front of his mother in Reiger Park [ in the east of Johannesburg)."

"Yesterday [Friday] another child passed on, after being ruthlessly killed by criminals in Westbury."

The march should also pay tribute to all the children who have been killed by criminals, said Makhura.

Women should not to protect criminals.

"If you are hiding your son who is committing crime against another woman, that son is going to commit crime against you one day.

"Let us work with the police. We are going to win the war against children and women abuse. We shall also win the war to ensure that we build an inclusive economy of which women will be at the center of."

Development goals

He said all political parties represented in the Gauteng legislature would be given opportunities to contribute to provincial developmental goals.

"All parties in our legislature were invited here. Those who did not come, it means they had no legs. We gave them an opportunity."

Members of the Democratic Alliance were represented at the event, and delivered a message of support.

Many people attended the event wearing green and black ANC Women's League regalia.

The crowds, including police officers, went into a dancing frenzy as a DJ played house music, including popular group Uhuru's hit song, Y-tjukutja.

Several female artists performed on a giant stage erected in the lower lawns area of the Union Buildings.

Sibusiso Teabag Makamole 2014/08/10 09:30:33 AM
This is an insult to the animals
merkwaardig 2014/08/10 09:36:39 AM
Wonder how Zuma feels...
Teboho Dube 2014/08/10 09:36:48 AM
Michael Freeman 2014/08/10 09:37:39 AM
Zuma must be an animal
Rob 2014/08/10 09:40:11 AM
Animals are good David so please rather compare these men to SAVAGES. We want a full retraction of this statement in the press as follows: "I David Makhura apologise for my comments that I made comparing men who abuse women to animals and retract this comment fully and unreservedly. I do however want to place on record that men who abuse women are SAVAGES"
Akhenaten 2014/08/10 09:40:17 AM
We share your concern but they are much worse than animals. You don't see this type of thing in the animal kingdom.
Mari Theologo 2014/08/10 09:40:30 AM
Don't insult animals they don't kill for fun!
Rendani Malawi 2014/08/10 09:41:30 AM
u as provincial government a u doing enough 2 convict nd sentence dose animals'?
Robert Magaya Cele 2014/08/10 09:47:25 AM
Makhura; animals treat each other well, they protect their young ones; even a dog sometimes. But those men who mistreat their families are doom alive( they are the zombies)
Terrence Schwartz 2014/08/10 09:50:00 AM
Premier - exactly who do animals ABUSE??