Johannesburg - Women began gathering in Sandton in the wee hours on Friday ahead of the planned #SandtonShutdown protest against Gender-Based Violence (GBV).
The protest which comes one day after national crime stats indicated that violent crimes and murder had significantly worsened.
On Thursday the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) issued a statement in support of the protest, which is a call to action from all civil society groups to participate in a massive sit-in in Sandton City in order to highlight the scourge of GBV.
As many as 10 000 people are expected to participate in the march that will see the protesters hand over a memorandum at the JSE.
Numsa said the goal is to shut down normal business operations, and to disrupt economic activity in order to highlight these issues which are destroying our society.