- The Institutional Student Parliament of Fort Hare is calling for the death penalty to end GBV and femicide.
- The death penalty was abolished in SA on 6 June 1995, following the ruling of the Constitutional Court.
- Activists say toxic masculinity is a cause for the killing of women in South Africa.
The student leadership of the University of Fort Hare is calling for the death penalty in South Africa, in order to end the alarmingly high levels of gender-based violence (GBV) and femicide.
The country is reeling in shock following the brutal murder of University of Fort Hare student, Nosicelo Mtebeni, 23.
Mtebeni's dismembered body was found stuffed into a luggage bag and placed in the street of East London's Quigney suburb on Thursday.
Her boyfriend, Alutha Pasile, made his first appearance in the East London Magistrate's Court on Monday after he was arrested last week for the murder.
He abandoned his bail bid and his right to legal representation.
The case was postponed to 28 September.
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According to the NPA, he confessed to the horrific murder, saying he did it because she cheated on him.
Students of our Department of Fine Arts have commenced with a public art project for Women’s Month at Alice campus. UFH will also memorialise Nosicelo Mtebeni in this project after receiving permission from her family. pic.twitter.com/AMjIrGACkc— University_Fort Hare (@ufh1916) August 24, 2021
Mtebeni was due to graduate in April and was the only hope her family had of getting out of poverty.
Anelisa Keti, head of the Institutional Student Parliament of Fort Hare, said the organisation was calling for the death penalty in cases of femicide.
Activist and head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Fort Hare, Professor Rianna Oelofsen, blamed toxic masculinity as the root cause for femicide and violence against women.
"Stop making this a women's problem. It is a man's problem. It's mainly men who are perpetrating violence against women. It is men and women, and gender non-conforming people, who are the victims," Oelofsen said.
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To reverse the violent behaviour of men, Oelofsen said boys should be the target.
Oelofsen called on the country's men to stand up and reject GBV.
"As men and women, we are going to say toxic masculinity must fall."
Activists and students were part of a crowd of more than 2 000 people who picketed outside the court on Monday to support Mtebeni's family during the appearance of Pasile.
Not in My Name International Eastern Cape convener, Sinoxolo Fama, said: "We add a voice which says no bail for this monster because his actions are barbaric and he is not welcomed in our society. We are here to support women and we will work closely with other like-minded organisations to eradicate gender-based violence and femicide."
ATT: Staff, Students, Alumni, Family and Friends of Fort Hare.Tomorrow, 25 August, the university will hold a hybrid memorial service in honour of Ms Nosicelo Mtebeni. The event is scheduled to run from 10h00 until lunchtime. #JusticeForNosicelo link: https://t.co/raoBzOid8L pic.twitter.com/vrF8tDYFT5— University_Fort Hare (@ufh1916) August 24, 2021
The secretary-general of the SA Union of Students, Lukhanyo Daweti, said the union was saddened and disturbed by the incident.
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The union called on all universities to host a 30-minute prayer this week, in solidarity with the University of Fort Hare.
GBV Fund board member and Masimanyane Women International director, Lesley Ann Foster, said the country needed solidarity to fight and work on prevention, and not only come out when people were dead.
The Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce's Kholiswa Tyiki said: "We would like to urge the justice system of this country to move speedily to deal with the perpetrator in this case."
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