This past weekend, hundreds gathered in Pretoria to make one huge statement against violence against women and children. Operating as a group called #NotInMyName, these protestors—most of which are men—followed a woman symbolically dressed in white through Pretoria to take a stand against the violence they’ve enabled or ignored for too long. "The time to take collective responsibility for our shameful action is now," protestor Kholofelo Masha told AlJazeera.
#NotInMyName came as a response to South Africa’s #MenAreTrash movement which has seen many SA women mobilize after a disconcerting rise in female disappearances and the devastating murder of 22-year-old Karabo Mokoena who was killed by her boyfriend.
According to African officials, every eight hours a woman is killed by someone she knows and 1 in 5 women is the victim of aggressive violence.
South Africa’s resistance movement against male violence comes after a troubling rise in violence incidents, including sexual assault and domestic violence.
Watch some of the powerful testimony and calls for justice from the weekend’s protest and the on-going #NotInMyName movement, below.
Thandiswa Mazwa at the AFROPUNK Joburg launch event: "Men are more than trash"
Inga shares her story during the #NotInMyName protest in Pretoria, May 20, 2017
Videos by Sabelo Mkhabela
Photos via AFP
Gauteng MEC for social development, Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, marched to the local police station this week with the community of Naledi.Picture: Lucky Morajane