Thousands of women gathered out side the Cape Town Parliament building in protest of the escalating levels of gender based violence towards women and children in South Africa.

The catalyst for this event was the atrocious rape and murder of 19 year old UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana, whose life was taken by a 42 year old Post Office male worker last week.

The University of Western Cape is also mourning the tragic loss of their 1st year student, Jessie Hess, who was also murdered over the weekend.

Marches have been scheduled across South Africa in protest against gender based violence and also prayer meetings scheduled against this epidemic of gender based violence.

President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the crowd gathered outside the Cape Town Parliament, promising reforms including harsher punishment for sexual offenders and more support for women shelters across South Africa.

By Sinenhlanhla Nala