South Africa are saying enough is enough and in Cape Town today, men and women took to the streets to make their voices heard.
Cape Town, South Africa – Warcries, signboards and a common goal, the streets of Cape Town filled with people speaking out against violence perpetrated by men. The goal is to get the government to take the problem seriously and do more to prevent the horrors that women and children are faced with every day.
Femicide and female murders have always been a problem in South Africa, but over the last month, the number of headlines felt overwhelming. Perhaps even more so as August is Women’s Month.
In South Africa, a woman is murdered every three hours, this according to statistics released by the South African Police Service. This is an alarming statistic!
The outrage has slowly been bubbling below the surface but after details of Uyinene Mrwetyana’s death emerged online and news broke of 6-year-old Amy-Lee’s kidnapping, the anger and fear boiled over, and people wanted the government to take action.
Talks about protest action have been in the works and today, hundreds of people took to the streets in Cape Town to be heard. The hashtags #EnoughisEnough and #RememberingNene have been used to share images of all the protests taking place today.
Take a look at all the pictures from today below.
Respect to @Zuki_Lamani ✊who has stood up against sexual and gender based violence and all the women like her who refused to be silenced at this time of grief.🇿🇦🙏🏾🙅🏾♀️#JusticeForUyinene #RiseAgainstSGBV #RememberingNene #EnoughIsEnough pic.twitter.com/hgfgxK37wM
— BackaBuddy NPC (@backabuddy) September 5, 2019
— texxpacito (@texxonfire) September 5, 2019
We’re closed for lunch today. We have something important to do. pic.twitter.com/WrzeOYPhaa
— El Burro (@_El_Burro) September 5, 2019
Immensely humbled to have been a part of this today standing with some incredibly strong women I am proud to call my sisters. Protest Against Violence Towards Women and Children. #EnoughIsEnough #SAShutdown #FightBack #StopKillingOurWomen #StiekUitCyril #AmINext 🖤 pic.twitter.com/vjgEs9e5hk
— Chelsea Boots 🎠 (@ItsChelseaBoots) September 5, 2019
— Heidi (@heidijohnson369) September 5, 2019
— Michelle (@Michelle_Igwe) September 5, 2019
— Sam Linsell 🥑🍋🍊 (@drizzleanddip) September 5, 2019
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Pupils from Camps Bay High School said #campsbaysaysno #schoolssayno #enoughisenough this morning #nomore #ripallvictims #stopgenderviolence #itsenough #standforchange #ripuyinene #ripmeghan #ripamahle #ripfezeka #ripjanika #ripleighandre #ripjesse @cape_town_rocks @goodhopefm @cbhsprefects_
Wow. Found this on Facebook. Thousands are gathered outside parliament in protest to call on government action in light of the attacks on women and children. I hope they are heard. #SAShutdown pic.twitter.com/QWvjc5tRue
— Benazir (@BennyIsMyName_) September 5, 2019