Protesting For Violence Against Women & Children In South Africa
Enough is Enough
On Thursday 5th September 2019, a sea of #EnoughisEnough posters, and bold signs calling at Ramaphosa’s lack of input into South Africa’s most recent epidemic: the rape and murder of women and children were held high. For a long time, South Africa has struggled to fix its long affected negative image, and it appears yet again, not enough is being down to change it. This is why over 20,000 people marched to parliament in Cape Town last Thursday (along with the many other South African’s taking a stand worldwide).
In August, more affectionately known as Women’s Month in South Africa, became anything but that. 14 high profile cases of rape and murders against innocent women and children made national news , despite the weak attempt of a celebration of South Africa’s women, and let us not forget the hundreds who did not make it to press. One case in particular struck the nation: Uyinene Mrwetyana. A first year student at the University of Cape Town who went missing on a Saturday afternoon, resulting in a social media hashtag raising awareness to go viral: #bringnenehome
With the likes of Siv Ngesi putting himself forward using the notion of a national shutdown, now known as, #SAShutdown, he called for the nation to stand together against the violence towards women and children. The nation held hope that Nene would return home safe and sound, however, like many others, her story broke our hearts. While we leave her to rest in power, her story propelled South Africa to stand up for Nene and so many others lives taken too soon.
Keep It Going
In the last week, protests have appeared countrywide, as well as in the UK, North America and as far as Thailand, where South African expats joined the fight. The question is, how much will change now?
“The same reason men are afraid to go to jail is the very reason us women are scared to walk the streets every single day.”
As per the constitution of South Africa, the death penalty cannot come back, so is chemical castration the correct alternative?
Share this with your friends, family and networks - as a nation we NEED to keep the conversation flowing and keep the fight going. What’s your verdict?