South Africans have flooded social media with messages of anger, heartbreak and fear following the news that a man arrested in connection with the disappearance of University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana had been charged with her murder and rape.
The details of the alleged murder emerged in court after the State revealed that the man confessed to the crime.
According to the State, on the day of her disappearance, Mrwetyana had gone to enquire about a parcel, but the electricity at the post office had been off. She was told to return later.
When she did, she was allegedly sexually accosted.
She fought back but her attacker knocked her out, using a scale.
The news has elicited a wave of reaction from social media users.
She wasn't drunk. She wasn't wearing anything provocative. She wasn't being a smart ass. She wasn't walking around at odd hours.— Lady Kuda (@LadyKuda) 2 September 2019
She merely went to collect a package at the post office, during the day.
But she was still raped and killed.
I give up. #UyineneMrwetyana
Women in this country are finished. We can’t do anything. Go anywhere. We can’t be in our own homes. Our own bodies. We all have PTSD from the news alone, not even taking into account our own personal trauma.— tailsofamermaid (@NatalieRoos) September 2, 2019
Every woman who read Uyinene’s story is literally wondering, “Am I next?” ??— Ms. Moon (@Masentle20) September 2, 2019
We are trash. Our ladies can’t even go to a post office, can’t even come home from their jobs. And at places where they were supposed to be safe.— Simon (@simon_orgill) September 2, 2019
Post Office. Pre Schools. Home. Clubs. Nowhere, is safe.— Bby Grl (@NiceTshimitYou) September 2, 2019
Fathers. Friends. Random Men. Uncles. Nobody, is safe.
Every South African on my TL is beyond upset. The worst thing is, the anxiety/terror/fear is justified. You can't say it's not logical to be terrified and heartbroken right now. What the fuck can we do?— Siân Ferguson ? (@sianfergs) September 2, 2019
This girl was raped and beaten to death in a post office. We are at war. We need to do something drastic. https://t.co/ozmHFq1X6M— Tara Tequila (@TheJetsunDolma) September 2, 2019
their biggest fear is being called trash and ours is never making it back home safely ??#UyineneMrwetyana— daniel daley's girlfriend ?? (@lumpysunflower) September 2, 2019
He killed her in the post office. INSIDE OF THE POST OFFICE WITH A SCALE. HE KILLED HER WITH A STATE ISSUED SCALE. ????— Lady Skollie???? (@LadySkollie) September 2, 2019
There is a full-blown war against women in South Africa and its being fuelled by every time men don't do anything to hold other men accountable for their misogyny.— Bisexual Space Crimes (@CraigRoxy) September 2, 2019
The ENTIRE timeline & news lately has been about missing/murdered women & children. What a scary scary place it must be for them.— Dragan//Kuruzovic (@MovesLikeDragan) September 2, 2019
Overseas, countries are passing laws making INTERNET ACCESS a basic human right yet in ours basic human life & safety isn't possible for women. WILD
I'm struggling to get the right words to say how disappointed and angry I am right now— Yaaseen Barnes (@Ya_a_seen_Him) September 2, 2019
In men and the country
We have truly failed all of you
Can you imagine how scared she must've been before she died. No one deserves that. Thinking about that happening to the women in my life makes me physically sick. I can't— ????????? (@Nick_Frost) September 2, 2019
Reading the @News24 article about Nene's attack and I feel sick.— Sagte Werk (@awk_wardah) September 2, 2019
The. Post. Office !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And here we are again. You can’t even go to the post office. It’s so dangerous being a woman in this country. We are not safe it can be any man, anytime, anywhere. When will men stand up and admit we have a serious problem and do something? Men, women are afraid of you. https://t.co/G6lsvwLkSa— PintSizePam (@ShortyPam) September 2, 2019
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But four among our countless sisters who have lost their lives at the hands of cowardly ‘men.’
May your passing not be in vain, but a catalyst to change. ????
— Michelle's Plain (@michelles_plain) September 2, 2019