Cape Town – Outraged South Africans have clamoured to sign two petitions launched due to the continued violence perpetrated against women and children in the country.
Highlighting the brutal slaying of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana, among others, nearly 300 000 people have signed a petition calling for the death penalty to be reinstated in South Africa.
Another change.org petition, which has received more than 150 000 signatures, called on Parliament to declare gender-based violence a state of emergency in the country.
This petition, started by Laura-Lee Gillion, stated: "In Sierra Leone the president declared 200 rapes for the year a state of emergency. South Africa’s murders against women are currently around 3 000 per year, whilst sexual offences against women are at 50 000 per year.
"Signing this petition will help our government realise the severity of the situation or that we are no longer tolerating this. Gender based violence needs to be discussed and addressed from the parliamentarian level already.