On Tuesday a call went out to the public on social media requesting the masses to join the march against gender-based violence. The march was set to take place in all nine provinces including Windhoek in Namibia.

In a video posted by New24, the organiser Misa Makwakwa Masokameng explains the intention behind the march.

Watch video below:


Thousands of women across the country showed support to this initiative by dressing in all-black with a touch of red. To make the message loud and clear, women held up placards with personalised messages like “my body, not your crime scene”, “We are tired of burying”, “only hearts are allowed to beat” and many more powerful messages.

According to the stats on Daily Maverick, one in five South African women over the age of 18 have experienced physical violence in their relationships. It is for these stats and other concerning reasons that the march was initiated. 

It is rare that abuse stories make it to the media, however those in the forefront include the likes Karabo Mokoena who was killed by her partner Sandile Mantsoe in 2017 and Zolile Khumalo who was allegedly shot by her ex boyfriend in Vanderbjilpark.

Some of the celebs who took part in the march include Singer Unathi Msengana, our August cover star Rami Chuene and TV presenter Bonnie Mbuli.

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If you’re in an abusive relationship and seeking help, contact POWA, Tears and FAMSA.