President Cyril Ramaphosa received a memorandum from protesting students outside Parliament earlier today.
(Photo: Capetonians took to the street to protest against gender-based violence on 4 September 2019. They moved from Parliament to the Cape Town International Convention Centre where the World Economic Forum on Africa event was underway. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.)
By Tiyani Solly Mabunda
Capetown – President Cyril Ramaphosa received a memorandum from protesting students outside Parliament earlier today. Students have been picketing since last week in the wake of one Uyinene Mrwetyana, a UCT first-year student who went missing for two weeks.
Mrwetyana was raped and killed by a man working in a post office in Cleremont. This comes to light after a month dedicated to creating awareness against Gender-Based Violence the whole of August.
Ramaphosa was due to address the World Economic Forum session early on Thursday when he had to skip the session in order to attend the angry students and other protestors. “We are going to essentially draw a line in the sand and make sure that as a nation, as a government we heighten the protection and the defense and the safety of the women in our nation.
He is expected to address the nation later on Thursday afternoon.
“Ramaphosa assured protestors that they will be “Responding instantly to what you set out in the memorandum”. He continued, ” I agree that killing of women must be brought to an end here in South Africa. “