Global Citizen removes image of the late Uyinene and Ricky Rick after social media backlash

Uyinene Mrwetyana (Instagram)
Uyinene Mrwetyana (Instagram)

Global Citizen has removed an image of Uyinene Mrwetyana and Riky Rick which was used in their Rage In The City reward post, following backlash on social media on Wednesday.

Uyinene made international headlines in August after being raped and murdered, allegedly by a post office employee.

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Following Uyinene’s death different campaigns were slammed for using her image for their projects.

Her family has pleaded with people to not use her image to “raise funds, make money, garner attention or in any way cash in on her tragedy.

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There was outrage on Twitter when Global Citizen sent out an email promoting the upcoming ‘Rage in the City’ event with an image in which Uyinene appears alongside Riky Rick.

The Global Citizen campaign helps raise funds to ease poverty and address other social issues around the world

A Twitter user wrote: “I can’t believe Riky Rick and his team are using Uyinene’s picture to promote their event.”

Another user wrote: “What’s wrong with the picture is that it’s being used to promote a party. Whether it was there 5 years ago or not is not relevant, her family is still mourning.”

This is what some Twitter fans had to say about Uyinene’s photo being used for the campaign.

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