Sun. Sep 15th, 2019

#AmINext: Ramaphosa to address swarm of protesters outside Parliament [photos]

So it’s come to this: President Ramaphosa has cancelled his engagements at the World Economic Forum to speak with #AmINext protesters.

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The #AmINext protests have taken South Africa by storm over the past 24 hours, with Cape Town playing host to ground zero of the women’s rights movement. Several high-profile femicides have made international headlines in the past week, and demonstrators have a simple request: Stop killing our women.

Cyril Ramaphosa will address #AmINext protesters

Thousands of protesters – already more numerous than what we saw outside of the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Wednesday – have brought the CBD to a standstill in the Mother City, as the roads leading to Parliament have swelled with angry voices demanding more protection and security for females.

South Africans take to the streets and ask: Stop killing our women

Addressing the masses outside of Parliament, Ramaphosa responded to the angered crowds. He revealed that there is a plan to tackle the scourge of gender-based violence, centred around the “strengthening of the judicial system”. He also claimed that he would pump more money into properly-maintained women’s shelters:

“Last year arising from a call that came from you – we held a GBV summit and I will address the outcomes from that summit. Men of our country must take responsibility for the slaughtering of women.”

“Men who do all these things do not belong in society. All these measures I will respond to. We are going to strengthen the criminal justice system. We are going to intervene and ensure government increases aid for the shelters, we want the shelters to increase and be properly funded.”

Cyril Ramaphosa

#AmINext protests – in pictures:

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For many at the #AmINext demonstrations, the message is simple – “stop killing our women and children”. Photo: The South African
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Large crowds swarmed around the Parliament buildings in Cape Town on Thursday, forcing Cyril Ramaphosa to cancel his appearance at the WEF – Photo: The South African
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Armed with signs and banners, protesters made their point crystal clear: Some even advocated for the return of the death penalty – Photo: The South African
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The streets were crammed, as some took more drastic steps to voice their concerns – Photo: The South African
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The #AmINext protester numbers dwarfed the ones seen outside of the CTICC on Wednesday – Photo: LRC / Twitter
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Western Cape Premier Alan Winde also attended the demonstrations alongside his daughter – Photo: Alan Winde / Twitter

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