for subscribers

How 4 silent women became the voice of this election

Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!

Melanie Verwoerd

During a student-led pro-democracy protest in Beijing in 1989, a solitary young man walked to the middle of a road on the edge of Tiananmen Square and stood facing four tanks that were making their way towards the protesters. He stood his ground in front of the first tank, moving his position each time the tank tried to manoeuvre around him. A CNN camera crew filmed this and beamed it across the world. Decades later, that unnamed young man's image still stands as a symbol of courage and bravery in the face of power and oppression.

On Saturday night four young women did something similar in Pretoria. As President Jacob Zuma stepped onto the stage at the Independent Electoral Commission's main counting centre to address the nation after the local government elections, these four young women stood up and, with the whole nation watching, held up hand-written placards reading: "Remember Khwezi". . . "I am one in three" . . . "Kanga" . . . and "10 years later.”  

There’s more to this story
Subscribe to News24 and get access to our exclusive journalism and features today.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Sign in
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
When a Covid-19 vaccine for under 16's becomes available, will you be taking your children to get it?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, immediately!
37% - 2561 votes
I'll wait to see how others respond
26% - 1805 votes
No, I don't think they need it
37% - 2543 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
15.10
(-0.40)
ZAR/GBP
21.03
(-0.43)
ZAR/EUR
18.04
(-0.28)
ZAR/AUD
11.64
(-0.45)
ZAR/JPY
0.14
(-0.24)
Gold
1734.29
(+0.01)
Silver
26.66
(+0.05)
Platinum
1186.51
(+0.42)
Brent Crude
64.40
(-2.56)
Palladium
2310.00
(+0.58)
All Share
66138.05
(-1.99)
Top 40
60754.30
(-2.11)
Financial 15
12200.05
(-1.09)
Industrial 25
86144.34
(-0.81)
Resource 10
67459.85
(-4.14)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo