A group of Wits University students, many of which are women clad in black, shut down the Nelson Mandela Bridge in a protest sparked by a rising wave of violence against women including the gruesome murder of Karabo Mokoena.
This protest comes after news of gang rape rape of a pregnant woman who was abducted at the Nelson Mandela Bridge early this week. The students gathered at the bridge around lunch time on Friday shutting it down.
Speakers decried the irony of the gang rape incident that is said to involve 11 men. Such an act of barbarism has no place in a location that bears the name of the world famous South African statesman, Nelson Mandela. Some were heard calling for the return of the death penalty to punish women killers.
The protest caused mini traffic chaos around the Nelson Mandela bridge affecting the area bordering Braamfontein and the Johannesburg central business district. Tempers rose high when some motorists tried to force their way through as reflected in the attached video.
The protesters’ placards had messages like; Bring back death penalty, Pussy is not a license to be killed and Don’t touch me if I’m not your property.
South Africa has been rocked by a wave of violence against women over the past few days sparking a national outcry.
The case of the 22 years old Karabo Mokoena, who was allegedly killed by her boyfriend and her body burnt beyond recognition, is one amongst many that have hit news headlines recently.
The Wits student protest occurred as Mokoena was being laid to rest in Soweto in a murder that sparked the #Men are thrash hashtag.
Another incident that has sparked national outcry occured in Cape Town where a three year old baby, Courtney Pieters, was murdered and dumped in a shallow grave in the Epping Industrial area which is a block from her home.