Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has expressed concern over the recent abuse and murder of women at the hands of men in South Africa.

He was addressing a crowd on a recent trip to KwaZulu-Natal ahead of the Nquthu Municipal by-elections.

Juju told SA men to stop treating women like a “present”.

”Stop abusing women, and rather use the power of persuasion to ‘win them over.

“Don’t think you own your girlfriend,” he said.

We have seen so many young girls being killed in South Africa. Today I’m not proud to be a South African man because it’s only cowards who kill women.

“Don’t kill women, don’t rape women, don’t beat up women,” he said.

He said he did not understand why men were violent towards women, who were “the most understanding human beings”.

Instead of forcing themselves on women, men must just “win them over” through the power of “persuasion”, further offering his help to those men who struggled to propose to a woman.

“If you don’t know how to propose to a woman, come this side, I’ll give you two tips and tell you how to propose to a woman.

“Stop beating women, stop killing women. Please let’s respect and love our women. Protect the girl child, so all of us when we leave here, let us spread the message that this girl child must be protected by all of us,” he told the crowd.

Watch the video posted by the EFF on Twitter on Friday night: