Students demand a plan of action from Ramaphosa
Hundreds of University of Fort Hare students (East London campus) today marched to the East London Magistrate Court and Fleet Street Police Station to demand justice for Uyinene Mrwetyana, their own sexual violation related cases and for over 30 women and children that were brutally raped and killed during August, declared Women’s Month in South Africa.
The alarming and yet estimated figure of 30 women was announced by Minister of Women Maite Nkoana-Mashabane yesterday.
The students, mostly made up of females, were clad in black carrying placards that called for peace and unity. The students made a haunting cry in front of the police station demanding that their voices be heard and for swift and effective action to be taken against perpetrators of violence.
The students demanded that President Cyril Ramaphosa give a formal address and inform citizens of what government’s intervention will be as “condolences” are just not enough.
“I feel it is my obligation to take a stand and say no to the senseless killing of women and children. We cannot sit back and watch when each and every day women are killed by their husbands, partners, colleagues and strangers,” said Bronwin Isaacs, a Fort Hare student.
This follows a prayer held at the monument opposite Buffalo City College main campus in Oxford last night where students prayed for grieving families and for the safe return of missing children and women.
The students marched to Walter Sisulu University's campus to compel fellow students to join in the march. They moved on to the City Hall.