Cape Town protests: citizens march on Parliament and the CTICC demanding answers

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Cape Town was the epicentre of protests on Wednesday, as those demonstrating against gender-based violence and the recent attacks on foreign nationals took to the city centre.

Parliament was the scene of a UCT student protest. In a peaceful demonstration, scores of students demanded action from government over violent crimes against women in South Africa.

This comes after 18-year-old student, Uyinene Mrwetyana, was this week murdered and raped and sentiment against violence against women surged online.

The university shut down all academic activities until 6 September.

Also on Wednesday, protests about the recent spate of anti-foreigner violence flared up outside the World Economic Forum on Africa taking place this week at the CTICC.

A number of students from the protest in Parliament also made their way to the CTICC.

The protest later in the day was marred by the actions of police.

Water cannons and stun grenades were used to disperse the demonstrations, all while leaders of various African states, and President Cyril Ramaphosa who on Tuesday called to end the “wanton” violence within the country, were housed inside the building.

The hashtags #AmINext, #StopKillingOurWomen, and #WEFAfrica19 trended on Twitter for much of the day.

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