Ramaphosa told the crowd he would speak about the protester's issues, before beginning his speech which celebrated the centenary of Mama Albertina Sisulu and the contributions made by other female Struggle stalwarts.
Women farm labourers are inspired by Naledi Chirwa, Simamkele Dlakavu & others. They stood up raising placards as #Ramaphosa took to the podium.
Unlike in Zuma's case, all media cameras quickly panned away to give the spotlight to His Excellency. #WomensDay pic.twitter.com/bVmbS98TEa
#Ramaphosa: Women's Day is a celebration of the great achievements over many years of struggle to ensure an equal society. It is a celebration of the road we have traveled since the Bantu Women's League was formed over a century ago. #WomensDay
Ramaphosa added that the women of South Africa needed to be treated with respect and honoured, and that he had instructed the police minister to act against two policemen who allegedly assaulted women at last week's #TotalShutdown march.
#Ramaphosa: A war is being waged against women in SA. It is a war against their bodies, their dignity, against their freedom & their safety. Women are subjected to emotional & physical abuse. #WomensDay