- A municipal worker incited the rage of protesters who had marched to Msunduzi Municipality to protest woman abuse
- The government official reportedly referred to the marchers as 'sluts', telling them to move out of his way
- A spokesperson for the municipality has confirmed that they will be looking into the situation
Protesters, including rape victims, got the shock of their lives when they were confronted by an offensive male municipal employee.
IOL reported that the a male employee of the Msunduzi Municipality had told participants in a march against woman abuse to move out of his way, allegedly referring to them as 'sluts'.
Once of the protesters told the publication that she had been hurt by his comment, revealing that she had been violated at age 11:
“He came right in front of us and said ‘Voetsek! Zifebe sukani sibone amatshisthi’ (Move sluts. Move so we can see the maidens).”
The 'maidens' he had been referring to in this statement was another group of protesters that had also marched to the city hall that day.
Another participant said it had hurt her to be referred to in this way, when they had marched in the hopes of securing assistance in their plight.
Spokesperson for the municipality, Thobeka Mafumbatha, commented on the incident:
“We distance ourselves from his comments. We do not condone woman abuse - verbal, physical nor any kind. The municipality will look into the matter and investigate."
This government official's crass actions come at a time when citizens are growing increasingly tired of the constant danger for female citizens.
Briefly.co.za reported that a Total Shutdown march had been protesting woman abuse at the World Economic Forum, prompting President Cyril Ramaphosa to abandon his address and attend to the riled crowds gathered outside.
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