DUT students hold a vigil for GBV victims
South Africans are downhearted following the recent cases of killings and kidnapping of women.
Students from the Durban University of Technology gathered for a candlelight vigil on Tuesday night, to show solidarity and mourn the victims of rape, abuse and sexual assaults especially women & children.
Many cases of killings and kidnapping of women have been reported over the past few weeks and have sparked outrage nationwide. These cases include the murder of a University of Cape Town student, Uyinene Mrwetyana, who was raped and brutally murdered.
Lilita Dyala, DUT’s Young Women’s Desk convener said that, they organised this candlelight vigil to show that they have had enough of gender-based violence.
“As women, we have had enough, we have been crying for too long and today we say it is enough. This seems to be targeting higher learning institutions and we no longer feel safe around our campuses as well as on the way to our respective residences,” said Dyala.
Students also marched down Ritson road, singing with head wraps as a sign of showing respect to all the women who have suffered in the hands of men.
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Nomcebo Msomi, SACPs Provincial Media Liaison Officer, called for the protection of women & children and said that sexual violence statistics in South Africa are very alarming.
“The South African statistics say that 3 915 women & children were killed last year, due to sexual violence. The president must declare a state of emergency of sexual violence against women & children. We are aware that men are also being raped, but there is a dominance of women who are used against sexual acts and for different reasons,” said Msomi.