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Stun grenades and water cannons in Cape Town CBD. (James De Villiers, Business Insider)
Stun grenades and water cannons in Cape Town CBD. (James De Villiers, Business Insider)

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04 Sep 2019

WATCH | Protests, police, water cannons mark anti-femicide demonstrations in Cape Town (Jenni Evans, News24)

The fear and horror over the rape and murder of women was brought to the attention of delegates attending the World Economic Forum in Cape Town on Wednesday with the refrain "Where is Cyril? Where is Cyril" being chanted by protesters outside the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

The echo of stun grenades being fired at protesters reverberated around the CBD, while a water cannon sprayed others sitting at a highway off-ramp and police vehicles scuppered their plan to occupy the highway until President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke to them. 

Posters bore the names of murdered UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana, Meghan Cremer whose body was found in Philippi and Lynette Volschenk who was dismembered in her own home, while slogans saying "Fuck your agenda, we are sore" were written on pieces of cardboard in bold, black markers.

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04 Sep 2019

"My body is not your crime scene," and "women are not sexual objects" among other posters made by protesters. (Photo: Jay Caboz)
"My body is not your crime scene," and "women are not sexual objects" among other posters made by protesters. (Photo: Jay Caboz)

04 Sep 2019

It is a war on women's bodies. (Photo: Jay Caboz)
It is a war on women's bodies. (Photo: Jay Caboz)

04 Sep 2019

UCT memorial: Deputy Minister Manamela encouraged institutional policy which names and shames perpetrators of violence. Murmurs of agreement, clicking of fingers in the audience.

04 Sep 2019

Stun grenades as people walk towards highway. Cops block the road.

04 Sep 2019

'Sorry you had to be alive when being a woman is all it takes to set a man off' - Uyinene's sister's heartbreaking tribute

"What haunts me the most isn't the fact that you're gone and taken away from us so soon, it's the thought of the fear and pain you experienced all alone."

This is the opening line of a tribute posted on Facebook by Khanya Mrwetyana, the sister of Uyinene Mrwetyana, who died in Cape Town at the hands of a post office employee who allegedly assaulted her, both physically and sexually, before killing her.

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04 Sep 2019

WATCH | Large crowd gathers outside CTICC to protest against gender-based violence
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