Wrap| All the details on SA's anti-femicide protests and shutdowns

05 September 2019 - 06:19 By Unathi Nkanjeni
The deaths of Uyinene Mrwetyana, Leighandre ‘Baby Lee’ Jegels, and Janika Mallo, who were all brutally killed by men in this country over the past week, have sparked various movements across the nation.
The deaths of Uyinene Mrwetyana, Leighandre ‘Baby Lee’ Jegels, and Janika Mallo, who were all brutally killed by men in this country over the past week, have sparked various movements across the nation.
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The deaths of Uyinene Mrwetyana, Leighandre ‘Baby Lee’ Jegels, and Janika Mallo, who were all brutally killed by men in this country over the past week, have sparked various movements across the nation.

Some of these movements are set to disrupt the World Economic Forum that is taking place in Cape Town.


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Here is what you need to know:

Am I Next

The Am I Next movement has garnered support across the nation. This in the wake of  the  frustrations of many South African women who have grown tired of the perceived inaction displayed by the government.

This week, South Africans learnt that first-year UCT film student Mrwetyana was allegedly murdered by a Post Office employee, Jegels was murdered by her estranged police officer boyfriend and Mallo was raped and found with her head bashed in her grandmother's yard.

The country also heard of the gruesome murders of Nolunde Vumsindo, Meghan Cremer, Jesse Hess and many others.

Women safe space protest

SA women unite

March for women by men

SA shutdown

Petition 

More than 500,000 people have signed a petition calling for the death penalty to be implemented in South Africa.

By Wednesday, a change.org petition had gained over 531,642 signatures. Another petition was launched which called on parliament to declare gender-based violence a state of emergency in the country.

This petition received more than 422,484 signatures.

Angered by the recent spate of violent attacks against women and children in South Africa, thousands of protesters gathered outside the Cape Town International Convention Centre on September 4 2019. The venue is where the World Economic Forum on Africa is being held, hosting delegates from around the world.



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