Every year in South Africa, the importance of advocating for and respecting women’s rights is reserved only for one month. Women’s Day on 9 August is the day in 1956 thousands of women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the pass laws that had been implemented by the apartheid government.
Our deepest and heartfelt condolences go to the family of 14-year-old Janika Mallo who was found raped and murdered in her grandmother’s back yard. To the family of boxing champion Leighandre "Baby Lee" Jegels, who was murdered this past weekend by her estranged boyfriend who happens to be a police officer, and to the family of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana, who was found raped and murdered.
This is just a few reported cases that we get to hear about. Many more cases like these go unreported or uninvestigated and as a result, the perpetrators go unpunished and continue to live amongst the very same women they victimize. Something needs to change urgently South Africa. We need to act and unite against this scourge of violence and abuse against our sisters, mothers and daughters.
This Thursday Cape Townians from all walks of life have decided to take a stand and unite to mourn and honor the victims of this heinous crime against women. And to also reach and urge our government officials to act speedily and decisively in dealing with the perpetrators. Protests have been planned by various organizations, the general public and private citizens to take place around Cape Town City Centre.
I will be gathering with a group of friends outside the Iziko Slave Lodge Museum at 10AM on Thursday and we will peacefully demonstrate and pay tribute to those women who have been victimized and killed. We invite everyone to join us and add their voice to speaking out against gender based violence and women abuse.
Details of the peaceful protest can be found on: https://web.facebook.com/events/516663282497042/