In Pictures: The #SandtonShutdown Protest Against Gender-Based Violence And Femicide

On Friday, hundreds of people marched to Sandton, the business hub of the country, to protest gender-based violence and femicide, inspired by the news of the rape and murder of 19-year-old University of Cape Town (UCT) student Uyinene Mrwetyana. This protest was organised by civil society groups from around South Africa. Photos by FATIMA MOOSA and SHAAZIA EBRAHIM. 

Update: the march continues after representatives from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange turned down the demand by protesters for 2% of revenues to be diverted to initiatives to fight gender-based violence.

Protesters blocked off the intersection of Rivonia Road and Grayston Drive, an important route into the business district.

“Women like me get raped and sexually abused too. It’s not about what you wear.”

Featured image by Shaazia Ebrahim