Stand up for Sadia: A South African movement against gun violence

Stand up for Sadia: A South African movement against gun violence

- Sadia Sukhraj was shot and killed during a botched hijacking on Monday morning

- Her community protested on Monday evening to call attention to the young lives being lost to gun violence and was arrested

- Now South Africans are asked to wear orange on Friday, 1 June to show support for the #StandUpForSadia campaign to stand up for all the gun violence victims in SA

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The tragic death of young Sadia Sukhraj shook KwaZulu-Natal to its core. Another child has been a victim of the crime that is holding South African hearts ransom.

The 9-year-old girl was fatally shot during a hijacking gone wrong on Monday morning. Durban residents protested on Monday evening to raise awareness and demanded justice for another child who's life was stolen.

According to a report by, the situation quickly got out of control as protesters threw rocks at the police. The police eventually responded by shooting the crowd with rubber bullets‚ teargas and stun grenades.

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Twenty of the protesters were arrested and spent the night in jail.

Now a movement has been started to address the tragic, violent deaths of South African children.

South Africans have had enough of gun violence and this campaign is aimed at helping the country say "Enough is enough".

The campaign is called Stand Up For Sadia and it calls for all South Africans to wear orange on the 1st of June in support of little Sadia and the many other gun violence victims.

A KwaZulu-Natal based radio station - East Coast Radio - is behind the inception of the campaign and is asking everyone to take a stand.

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Those who will be wearing orange are encouraged to share videos and photos of themselves on social media with the hashtag #StandUpForSadia

The orange colour was chosen because it is also the defining colour of the gun violence prevention movement.

By the looks of things, South Africa is more than willing to back this campaign and wear orange on Friday:

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It seems like Friday will be a colourful dedication to the lives lost to gun violence in South Africa.

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