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

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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

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  1. WE HAVE TO DESPERATELY HOLD ANOTHER DEMONSTRATION TO TELL BUSINESS TO NOT PROTECT THE SCUM THAT DO NOT PAY THEIR MAINTENANCE FOR CHILD SUPPORT, WIFE SUPPORT AND MEDICAL MAINTENANCE. THE RANDBURG COURT AS VOER 300 WOMEN WHOSE CASES THEY DELIBERATELY DELAY SOMETIMES FOR YEARS SUCH AS MY CASE – EIGHT YEARS, THEN OFFER YOU PITTANCE, WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN PAYING THE SCUM INHERANT EX HUSBAND AND THEIR COMANPANIES WHEN TOLD, PROTECT THE SUM. 20% MUST ALSO G TO THESE DESTITUTE WOMEN. WENDY FERGUSON

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