Pretoria - Uyinene Mrwetyana is not the only victim, but this week the young woman became a symbol for South Africa’s women of their anger and their pain.
Mrwetyana, a 19-year-old first year University of Cape Town student who was raped and murdered allegedly by a post office worker, will be laid to rest in East London today.
Among those attending her funeral will be President Cyril Ramaphosa, Police Minister Bheki Cele, his deputy Bhuti Manamela, and Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane. It has been a week of protests against gender based violence on a scale not seen before.
On Thursday after thousands moved through the streets of Cape Town the president, in an address to the nation, reiterated their cry that “enough is enough”.
“We have heard the calls of the women of our country for action and justice,” he said, promising among other measures to make public the register of sex offenders, to oppose bail and parole for perpetrators of crimes such as rape and murder, to review laws on domestic violence, have harsher maximum sentences and review unresolved cases.