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.”