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In photos: EFF Women’s March against gender-based violence

EFF Women's March Constitunional Court Gender-based violence GBVWomen from all across Gauteng marched against gender-based violence and came together on 18 April 2019 to say enough is enough.

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The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) women organised a march to the Constitutional Court on Thursday 18 April 2018.

Women gathered outside the Constitutional Court and demanded that judges and justices be retrained to better deal with cases of sexual harassment, rape and gender-based violence.

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EFF led a Women’s March today to the Constitutional Court to demand justice. / Image via Twitter: @EFFSouthAfrica
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Caption: “Today we marched because All of us are vulnerable to abuse and excessive violence in Gauteng especially, and in South Africa generally. Over 40% of reported rapes in South Africa are rapes of children. #EFFWomensMarch.” / Image via Twitter: @EFFSouthAfrica

Poor treatment of GBV survivors

Authorities and the judicial system still treat survivors of gender-based violence poorly. This has to change, and women from all across Gauteng came together today to say ‘enough is enough.’

Hundreds of marchers gathered at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Johannesburg before marching to the Constitutional Court. 

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Image via Twitter: @EFFSouthAfrica
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Caption: Today, over 5000 women marched in Gauteng for the #EFFWomensMarch to Constitutional Court in demand of the retraining of judges and justices to deal with sexual harassment, rape and women abuse cases. / Image via Twitter: @EFFSouthAfrica

List of demands

There, the Constitutional Court received a memorandum. The EFF demanded that the ruling party “come here and acknowledge how they abuse women who report rape cases.”

Commissar Natasha Ntlangwini addressed the crowd first. She discussed the “issue of the media who seek and aim to erase EFF Women, their work and role they play in the organisation.”

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EFF Chairperson in Gauteng Mandisa Mashego addressing the #EFFWomensMarch outside the Constitutional Court before Commissar Thembi Msane reads out the list of demands on our memorandum / Image via Twitter: @EFFSouthAfrica
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Caption: “African women, as well as the LGBTQI community are violently killed. They are still at the margins of economic empowerment and are largely excluded from senior positions in both the private and public sector. / Image via Twitter: @EFFSouthAfrica

Moreover, Commissar Thembi Msane said cases of gender-based violence must be thoroughly investigated. “Efficiently without delays, and taken to efficient courts,” she added.

The memorandum demanded that attempted murder be listed as an additional charge. When in defence against sexual crimes, or crimes committed against the elderly and children.

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“EFF Women’s March to the Constitutional Court. / Image via Twitter: @EFFSouthAfrica
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“[The EFF Women’s March] is to also pay tribute to all victims of GBV, especially to the souls of women and children who were brutally murdered by self-hating men. May all their souls Rest In Peace” / Image via Twitter: @EFFSouthAfrica

In addition, they called on the judiciary system to produce a public record of sexual offenders. These must also include full identification details and a photo of the perpetrator.

Commissars Ntlangwini and Msane signed the memorandum on behalf of the EFF. Constitutional Court Manager Hlengani Thomas Rikhotso signed on behalf of the court.

Standing up for women’s rights

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Standing up for Women’s Rights / Image via Twitter: @EFFSouthAfrica
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Caption: “EFF leadership led a #EFFWomensMarch today to the Constitutional Court to demand Justice Now!” / Image via Twitter: @EFFSouthAfrica

Stop Women Abuse

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A placard reading, “Stop Women Abuse” at the EFF Women’s March against gender-based violence. / Image via Twitter: @EFFSouthAfrica
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The EFF also streamed the march live on their official Facebook page and Twitter feed. / Image via Twitter: @EFFSouthAfrica
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Standing united against gender-based violence. / Image via Twitter: @EFFSouthAfrica

Raising up

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Caption: “We demand that all victims abuse must be treated with fairness, respect and courtesy. In private, without discrimination, regardless of circumstances, population group, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation and appearance. #EFFWomensMarch / Image via Twitter: @EFFSouthAfrica
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Caption: “Today we marched because we want an immediate suspension of police officials who are alleged to have abused, physically, sexually and or otherwise, women and victims of Gender Based Violence and Sexual crimes until outcomes of findings.” / Image via Twitter:
@EFFSouthAfrica
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Caption: “Today we marched because African women, as well as the LGBTQI community are violently killed and abused daily in SA.” / Image via Twitter: @EFFSouthAfrica

Watch: Videos from the EFF Women’s March

Watch: EFF leaders addressing the crowd

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