“As women‚ we said you will lead until the end of your term‚” said Dlamini.

She called on women to protect the ruling party.

Dlamini had nothing but praise for the embattled president‚ saying he had “connected South Africa with his infectious smile.”

“It brings hope‚” Dlamini said of Zuma.

She hailed him for remaining strong‚ even throughout the criticism.

This is what ANC Women’s League president and Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini had to say on Wednesday in response to all those who had come out to march against Zuma.

Speaking at Zuma’s 75th birthday celebrations in Kliptown‚ Soweto‚ Dlamini said Zuma was facing a revolt because he had tried to rectify those within the party who were out of line.

Dlamini‚ who has also faced criticism after the social grants debacle‚ said the Women’s League would continue to throw its weight behind Zuma.