This morning saw the highly emotional funeral of murdered Karabo Mokoena. In her passing, Karabo has inadvertently come to be the face of femicide – the killing of a woman or girl, in particular by a man and on account of her gender – in South Africa.
Many would agree that the horrific kidnapping and murders that have dominated the media of late, prompted a turning point in the often tolerated and passive reaction to violence against women and children in South Africa. In a country that has one of the highest rape and abuse statistics in the world – South Africa finds itself at a breaking point – forced to take drastic and swift measures in protecting our women and children.
The Not In My Name men’s march taking place in the country’s Capital on Saturday, is said to be a call to action in the fight against an ‘evil pandemic called femicide.’ Organisers say the march hopes to be a catalyst in evoking difficult conversations that will lead to creating a non-sexist, non-violent South Africa.
The march will commence in Pretoria tomorrow morning at 10 am, in Church Square. Those wishing to attend have been encouraged to start arriving at 9 am.
In an official statement, Not In My Name spokesperson, Themba Masango explained the reason for the march. ‘The motive of the march is to create awareness with regards to this demon of femicide that has taken our country by storm.’
‘We’re striving to create a platform for men and women to get into dialogue, for us to get to the bottom why men act out the way they do and why it is that men abuse women the way they do.’
The march has also garnered the support of celebrities like rapper Cassper Nyovest and radio host, Bob Mabena.
— Abuti Fill Up (@CassperNyovest) May 19, 2017
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— Bob Mabena (@mabena_bob) May 17, 2017
Statistics show that there is a hike in the prevalence of violent deaths towards women in South Africa. Too often, women are killed by those closest to them. ‘This is a shocking and deeply disturbing fact,’ Masango said.’The culture of abuse in this country needs to stop. We need to stop treating women as commodities. ‘A car is yours, a cellphone is yours but a woman is not yours – she’s an individual with brains, with beauty, with a purpose.’
The march will see keynote speakers, both male and female addressing marchers. Marchers gathered at Church Square will leave for the southern lawns of the Union Buildings at 11 am.
As conveners of the Not In My Name march, we’re inviting women to come out specifically and speak out on their experiences. We also want men of this country to come out and declare that ‘ the abuse of women and children will not happen in my name!’
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