ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema will not apologise for his comments on President Jacob Zuma's rape accuser.
Malema's lawyer Tumi Mokoena told the equality court in Johannesburg yesterday that Malema's comments at the Peninsula Technikon that Zuma's accuser, known as Kwezi, enjoyed the sex, did not undermine women.
Malema told students that a woman "who had a nice time will wait until the sun comes out.
"In the morning that lady requested breakfast and asked for taxi money. You can't ask for money from somebody who raped you."
Sonke Gender Justice Network, which brought the case before the court, accused Malema of hate speech. The organisation also alleged that the speech perpetuated violence against women.
It wants the court to force Malema to apologise publicly and award R30000 to a shelter for abused women.
Mokoena said there was nothing untoward about Malema's comments in light of the court's finding in the rape case against Zuma.
"He made the comments in the context of the rape case. Malema is not apologising. He will come to explain. Why should he apologise to misinterpretation he did not foresee?" Mokoena asked.
He reminded the court that the judge in Zuma's case arrived at the not guilty verdict based on the fact that the woman had not screamed to alert the policeman on guard and Zuma's daughter.
Mbuyiseni Botha of the network, who contested the assertion that Malema's utterances were not harmful to women, said: "Some women comply with the instructions of the rapist because they are scared that they might be killed."
He said an apology by Malema would help to change perceptions that women are fair game.