Hundreds of protesters staged a sit-in at the entrance to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange to call for an end to gender-based violence in South Africa.
The demonstration, which began before dawn on Friday, disrupted traffic in the country’s main economic hub of Sandton. It’s the latest in a series of protests triggered by the rape and murder of a 19-year-old university student in Cape Town last month.
Crime statistics released on Thursday show 2 771 women were murdered in South Africa in the 12 months through March. The number of reported rapes rose 3.9% to 41,583 in the period.
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Woman murdered every three hours in South Africa stokes protests
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The organisers of the protest, a group of civil-rights organizations known as Call-to-Action, called for businesses in Sandton to shut down for the day in support of their cause.
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