CAPE TOWN – A growing group of demonstrators has charged towards the doors of the Cape Town International Convention Centre, where the World Economic Forum is underway.
Earlier a smaller group had held a silent protest against gender-based violence – calling for a state of emergency to be declared in South Africa.
Escalating violence against women and children prompted South Africans from all walks of life to take a stance and call for more decisive action from government.
With chants of “we want a state of emergency,” “how many more?” and “shut down the country” demonstrators, both men and women, protested outside the CTICC this morning, criticising government’s sluggish attempts to stop male-on-female violence.
Presidential special advisor on gender-based violence, Dr Olive Shisana, stepped out to address the furious and emotional crowd, saying they are preparing a strategic plan to address gender-based violence.
“Our team is still going around the country where we are consulting women on the strategy to fight gender-based violence. We cannot develop it within the Presidency without involving women all around the country.”
Protesters, however, did not entertain her and have since moved to Parliament.
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