“We Say Enough” Protest at UCT
On the 20th of February 2013 a march was held at the University of Cape Town to stand united against violence in South Africa. This article was published on the University’s website and explains the reasons for this march. As the article states, according to our constitution, we as South African citizens have the right to feel safe at home and in our communities. Violence has become normalized in today’s society, with rapes and domestic violence increasing rapidly everyday. This desensitizes people and allows us to disregard the issue, because we become use to living in such a hostile environment. This fact will lead our country down a very disastrous course, unless something is done.
South Africa has always been a very violent society, especially with the past of the struggle against Apartheid. With all the recent events that have occurred, such as Anene Booysen’s case, and the fact that there are “up to 3600 rapes in South Africa per day” according to IOL News, it is no wonder there has been such a public outburst. A vigil was also held in memory of Anene Booysen on Tuesday the 12th of February. It was also in memory of another student named Bayanda Baba, who was tragically killed at a taxi rank. The vigil aimed to commemorate these terrible loses as well as form a united front against violence in South Africa.
Violence often stems out of poverty and the abused becomes the abuser. It is crucial that attention should be given to areas such as education and community projects in the more violent areas of our country. People who have not been given any opportunities should be focused on in order for them not to turn to a life of crime. By focusing on community outreach and stimulation, hopefully a positive outcome would occur. Women should be able to live without a constant fear plaguing them. As a matter of fact, all citizens no matter what their gender should not live in this constant fear. The article mentions some of UCT’s other protests that have been held in the past, such as standing up against Apartheid, conscription and other pressing issues in our country. The fact that violence against women, and violence in general is an issue that has been raised by this student body aside some of their past protests, shows the seriousness of the situation in our country. It really is time that we say “enough”!