A large group of protesters gathered outside the CTICC in Cape Town on Wednesday where the World Economic Forum (WEF )on Africa summit took place. Protesters called on the president to provide solutions and to take immediate action following the rape and murder of several women and children across the country in the last few weeks.
Protesters holding posters, with black masking tape across their mouths, demanded that the country be shut down and a state of emergency to be declared in the wake of a week of violence against women.
A protester in front of Parliament during the WEF summit (Picture: Marie Dirks)
The summit attended by more than a thousand people who include global leaders from politics, business, civil society, and academia among other industries, aimed to discuss Africa’s way forward.
The event was led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who was accompanied by his deputy, South Africa’s Finance Minister, Trade and Industry Minister, Health Minister, and Public Enterprises. Several leaders from across Africa are believed to have withdrawn from the summit on the last minute, for different reasons reports state.
More than 500 other protesters also gathered in front of Parliament during the WEF summit but were closely monitored by police officials. Speaker of the National Assembly Thandi Modise addressed protesters against the war on women outside Parliament.
Speaker of the National Assembly Thandi Modise (Parliament of the Republic of SA)
A young mother from Mitchells Plain has also taken to the streets to protest in silence. The woman identified as Imogen Vollenhoven has been standing in front of Parliament’s gates with her hands tied up since Tuesday night.
She vowed to not move until the government unties her hands. She told Deen Times:” Our women and children are being killed and raped daily. The government needs to do something about this matter. Enough is enough.”
Imogen Vollenhoven (Picture: Tracy-Lynn Ruiters)