Hundreds of South African women came out to protest the high rate of violence against women in South Africa. On Wednesday, they blocked the entrance to the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, South Africa to make their pleas heard.
According to reports, more than one thousand (1000) South African women were involved in the protest, carrying placards all calling to bring a stop to rape, the killing of women in the country.
The protest was said to have been triggered by the murder of 19-year-old University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana, last week. This they said is one out of the regular incidents of femicide in a nation notorious for its grim crime statistics. A woman is murdered every three hours in South Africa, according to police data.
Mrwetyana was raped and bludgeoned to death at a post office in an upmarket suburb of Cape Town. A champion boxer Leighandre Jegels, 25, was also allegedly shot by an ex-boyfriend who had a restraining order against him. Meghan Cremer, who was an avid horse rider was also allegedly killed by three men as she left her farm outside of Cape Town.
Using social media, more women called for action and suggested ideas including carrying pepper spray and taking self-defense classes, to imposing a curfew on men.
With the protesters having gathered twice during the day, security teams moved to put up fencing around the conference center’s entrances and shut down all but one access point. This meant rerouting WEF delegates and discouraging them from gathering at windows to look at the action in the street.