An event that has been months in the making finally came to fruition yesterday with hundreds of womxn showing up to have their voices heard as they made their way to various endpoints in Southern Africa as part of their march against gender-based violence and other social ills directly and negatively affecting womxn.
Various womxn from across Southern Africa congregated at the agreed upon venues to march but it was the march to the union buildings that caught the attention of the masses.
*Womxn: A spelling of "women" that is a more inclusive, progressive term that not only sheds light on the prejudice, discrimination, and institutional barriers womxn have faced, but to also shows that womxn are not the extension of men but their own free and separate entities. It includes trans-women and women of color.
According to a report published by Jacaranda news, chaos ensued at some point after President Cyril Ramaphosa could not speak to the marchers directly, citing a prior engagement.
Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor was sent to receive the group's demands in his place but she was chased away by the group who insisted only on speaking to the president. They later pelted police with juice and water bottles before forcing their way on to the grounds of the union buildings.
The likes of Rami Chuene, Renate Sturrman and Thandiswa Mazwai were spotted on the ground:
I didn’t manage to take selfies but we just left the Union buildings. Finally after hours the President came out to hear of our trouble with South Africa . #endrapeculture #patriachymustfall #totalshutdown Amandla to you all bafazi!— KingTha (@thandiswamazwai) August 1, 2018
Thank you to all the women who represented me at #TotalShutdown......all this brickz businesss had me down this week. But we thank you....— CheriEgrand🦋 (@ntsikimazwai) August 2, 2018
Sengathi yesterday was just an opportunity for the ANCWL to show off their newly sewn outfits, just a young civvies day nyana.— Bonnie Mbuli (@BonnieMbuli) August 2, 2018
This isn't even fair criticism. https://t.co/lCxRU78ytN— Tshidi. (@tshidi_lengoasa) August 2, 2018
Okay this is silly now! there was a nationwide march organized as a call to women all over the country to unite and march against gender based violence, the women’s league decide to have their own because they want to wear ANC regalia, what abt this is reasonable? I’m so bored https://t.co/B45AAH504Q— Bonnie Mbuli (@BonnieMbuli) August 2, 2018
As the day came to a close, President Cyril Ramaphosa eventually came out to speak to the marchers and accept their memorandum.
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