Uyinene Mrwetyana‘s death was a hard pill to swallow for many South Africans Not only was it a sad reminder that gender-based violence is prevalent but it also is a sad and scary reminder that women in Mzansi live in fear on a daily basis of something terrible happening to them.
Even Meghan Markle was touched by Uyinene’s story that she wrote a special tribute for the slain Cape Town student. But despite the fact that Uyinene has been laid to rest and her killer being charged with her murder, tweeps are bringing her name up again.
This time Black Twitter is directing their anger at international charity Global Citizen and SA hip hop star Riky Rick who are using an old picture of Uyinene as promotional material for the upcoming ‘Rage In The City’ concert in Jozi. The picture features the rapper dancing alongside Uyinene on stage at a previous concert. The Rage In The City concert is set to take place in Jozi on 29 November.
I can’t believe Riky Rick and his team are using Uyinene’s picture to promote their event 🤦🏻♂️💔
First it was “aboKarabo” now this!! pic.twitter.com/mz8Nd2SrUy
— Yesu Nyana Ka Thixo (@uYesuKrestu) October 23, 2019
How cold of a human can you be to use Uyinene’s pictures for promo 🙁🙁
— IG: pheladikgodu (@_Pheladi_) October 23, 2019
& THIS KEEPS HAPPENING. HER FAMILY EVEN ISSUED A PUBLIC STATEMENT EXPRESSING HOW THESE ORGANIZATIONS ARE USING HER TRAGEDY AS A BUSINESS VENTURE AND HOW DIFFICULT IT MAKES IT TO GRIEVE IN PEACE. THEY DO NOT NEED TO BE SENDING LENGTHY EMAILS RN. LET THEM BREATHE.
— uyinene is love (@SinoNorman) October 23, 2019
I get that you are all upset about Global Citizens using this image of Uyinene but y’all need to calm down because this picture has been there for a couple of months now, way before her passing so please and anyway the picture has been changed!!!! pic.twitter.com/HL8sCXrJzj
— O’NK (@Onkokame_S) October 23, 2019
The health and safety of girls and women is of extreme importance to us. We sincerely apologise for the insensitive use of Uyinene Mrwetyana’s image in a recent email. We would like to ensure all GCs that this image has been removed from all our platforms.
— Global Citizen Africa (@GlblCtznAfrica) October 23, 2019
In other news – DA to elect new parliamentary leader next week as Annelie Lotriet acts in interim
This comes after Steenhuisen said his term as party chief whip ended with Maimane’s resignation.
The DA’s parliamentary caucus will hold an election next week to choose its new parliamentary leader after Mmusi Maimane resigned on Thursday, said DA caucus chairperson and acting parliamentary leader Annelie Lotriet. Read more