Cape Town - Various advocacy groups and student organisations rallied together to stage protests on Wednesday around Parliament and outside the World Economic Forum on Africa, to address gender-based violence (GBV).
Wednesday morning protests started with a silent protest being staged at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Total Shutdown: Intersectional Womin's Movement Against GBV spokesperson Zintle Olayi revealed that the group didn't organise the protest but that it was united effort from many student organisations and civil advocacy groups.
Olayi revealed that protesters started clashing with police as they didn't have a permit for their silent protest, and in response "they were threatening protesters throughout".
"It is very traumatic, and as we were being threatened by cops, women broke down in tears. The main agenda from SAPS was to remove us, but we didn't go there to cause any harm or maliciousness., We just wanted to draw attention to the fact that we're are being murdered and killed."
"Every three hours a women is killed," Olayi said. "Our bodies are disposable.
"Walking to the post office is a threat. Where are we going to be safe if we aren't even safe in our own homes?
''The government needs to do better and take us seriously, instead of having coffee and discussing things. Discussing things isn't working. We want a state of emergency," Olayi said.