Cape Town - Thousands of university students and high school pupils gathered at the Cape Town Convention Centre to #ShutDownWEF on Africa and others at parliament in protest of the recent spate of femicide.
A heavy police presence around the CTICC precinct did not deter the highly energetic and fearless group of angry young people. Some came bearing posters written “i dont want to die with my legs open”, “fearless and woke” and “No more, enough is enough”.
Moving between Parliament and the convention centre, the crowd sang songs like “Luyanda raped a student, he needs to die” and “senzeni na” meaning “what have we done?”
ANC national spokesman, Pule Mabe in a statement condemned the “senseless killing of young women in the hands of men. “The ANC calls for a programme that will conscientise men to protect and treat women with respect and dignity,” he said.
While EFF Western Cape Deputy Provincial Chairperson Nosipho Nosipho Makamba-Botya called this “a dark period in the country.” “Women have embarked on marches and petitions but the government does nothing, they have failed to protect us. “It is said that a 19-year-old was raped and killed at a post office in broad daylight,” she said.