South Africa sexual violence protesters target stock exchange


People campaigning over the high levels of violence against women in South Africa have taken their protest to the financial heart of the country. Hundreds have gathered outside the Johannesburg Stock Exchange to call on the country’s big firms to do more to tackle gender inequality.

Protests have been triggered by the rape and murder of 19-year-old Uyinene Mrwetyana in Cape Town last month. Over 41,000 people were raped in South Africa in the year from April 2018. Last week’s news cycle was littered with stories of the rape and murder of women and children in several parts of the country.

It left many women asking: “Am I next?” The rape and murder of Uyinene Mrwetyana was a moment that made women feel vulnerable and scared. There was a sombre mood at the protest, which brought traffic to a standstill in Johannesburg’s Sandton district. Tears were rolling down the women’s faces as they started singing “Senzeni na?”, which loosely translated from Zulu means “what have we done to deserve this?” The latest crime statistics released on Thursday revealed that women are justified to fear for their lives because murder, rape and sexual assaults have all increased.(BBC)…[+]