A protest march is expected to take place tomorrow, 13 September, in awareness of gender-based violence and femicide in South Africa. Following the recent brutal rape and murder of a University of Cape Town student, Uyinene Mrwetyana (19), who was killed by a 42-year-old post office worker, a ‘coalition’ of 70 civil society activist groups, including Rise Up Against Gender-Based Violence and Sonke Gender Justice, under the hashtag, #SandtonShutdown have planned a protest march on 13 September.
Even though SAPS could not confirm whether the march will be happening or not, the hashtag has been trending on social media for a while. “I have not heard anything about the shutdown at the moment, so I can’t exactly confirm that it will be happening,” said SAPS provincial spokesperson, Colonel Lungile Dlamini.
We have contacted the JMPD spokesperson, Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar and he did confirm that they are currently in a meeting, discussing the march.
The demonstrators are expected to march to the CBD, from which we can assume Rivonia Road, West Street and Maude Street will be affected as they also want to hand over a memorandum to the JSE. The march will apparently start at 3am. The public is advised to be on the lookout as more details will follow.
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