A joint article with Palesa Claire Ndlovu, a writer, film and television graduate and a writing student.

South Africa has turned into a vile, cruel and dangerous place for women and young girls. Women are being abducted, assaulted and BEING RAPED every single day, but no action is being taken to STOP these capital crimes. The perpetrators aren’t being executed, they are being protected instead. Gender-based violence and femicide are at its peak in South Africa right now. Over 300 girls shared their stories about being raped and violated on Twitter under the “HelpSurvivors“ account after the brutal death of Uyinene Mrwetyana, but all the South African government has to say is “women should speak out more.” Women have been voicing their concerns and reporting rape & assault for years , but no effectual action is being taken. Women, especially young black female students are leading protests, crying for help and fighting for their safety on their own.

Women have been pleading the Government to come up with an effective solution of dealing with the South African men that have turned into evil beings through a shutdown protest that took place in Cape Town on the 04th of September and other protests at various universities. The effective solution that has been on the tip of every women’s tongue is capital punishment, mostly known as the death penalty. The death penalty is accorded to convicts that committed capital felonies, crimes against humanity such as child rape, mass murder, aggravated case of rape, murder, kidnapping and many other offenses. In this context all four perpetrators that recently brutally murdered Uyinene Mretyana, Natasha Conabeer, a boxing champ Leighandre Jegels and the Jiyane siblings committed capital felonies and deserve to be granted the death sentence even though the president, Cyril Ramaphosa refused to reinstate the death penalty which I think was unreasonable.

Palesa Claire Ndlovu

It often seems like with each attempt to mediate or mitigate a situation, it becomes worse, by the day. The time for sugar-coating and tip-toeing around this is over, gender based violence in South Africa has become devastatingly serious, it is just unfortunate that the urgency only increases after more and more lives are taken! If your sister, friend, neighbour is not impacted, you’re probably the next target, will it ever end?

Following Uyinene Mrwetyana’s case, my heart becomes even heavier when I think about this, I did not even know her, but the uproar around her disappearance ensured that I knew of her, till the day her passing was publicly made known. Yes, she was brutally murdered by a man. As angering as this is, it gets one thinking about how, right now the only thing that matters is how you can protect yourself and not about what eventually happens to the perpetrator. Because I mean yes sure, they’re lives will sure continue behind bars, they’ll most probably have a comfortable stay whilst there.

It is said that you can’t tell the next person to be careful because it is not up to them, we are under attack, at this point depending on the government or police is not even a wise option (the post office Nene was murdered in, was nearby a police station, LITERALLY). It’s about time we all played our part, because I thought to myself, if not NOW then WHEN? Why did Nene have to be the rude awakening? Also because, I am a young womxn, I owe it to my baby sister, my young cousins and friends and every other womxn I know, to try to do my part, to pay a little extra attention to this, to donate where I can, do be an addition to the already exist noise toward the superiors of this country to have a bit of more assertion towards this emergency!

As much as this is for awareness sakes, we’d like you to understand that if there is something more you think you can do, DO IT, at this point, any way, form or shape ofoutreach to potential people that can help matters!

If you would like to help, do reach out to them! But also, do keep playing your part as well, I reiterate, South African women are under attack!


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