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South African students wear black as country rages over shocking rape-murder

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A shocking rape-murder in South Africa has united the nation against sexual and gender-based violence.

This week, schools and students took a stand against rape and femicide, following the murders of first-year University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana and boxer Leighandre Jegels in the Eastern Cape.

On Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a raft of measures to curb women abuse.

Sowetan Live reported that “from Pinetown Girls’ High School in KwaZulu-Natal to Rondebosch Boys’ High School in Cape Town‚ pupils from all corners of the country have banded together against violence against women”.

“Our girls have been deeply affected by these events and we are so proud of how they have come together in their silent but very moving protest. It is unacceptable that girls are afraid to leave their homes‚ walk down the streets and play an active role in society‚” Johannesburg’s Parktown High School for Girls said.

Students and staff dressed in black fill Sarah Baartman Plaza at the University of Cape Town on September 4 2019 in memory of murdered student Uyinene Mrwetyana. 
Image: Tanya Farber

To show support for the campaign‚ the high school pupils wore black to school on Friday.

“In addition we are very aware of the increased instances of xenophobic violence that are playing out in the streets of Johannesburg as well as all over social media. We also condemn these hate crimes against our fellow humans.

“We are very aware that many of our girls have been directly affected by this violence and they do not have safe passage to school. We ask that they do not put themselves in danger by coming to school if it is not safe.”

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