South Africans honour Sadia as #StandUpForSadia takes social media by storm

South Africans honour Sadia as #StandUpForSadia takes social media by storm

Thousands of South Africans came together on Friday to #StandUpForSadia after she was killed during a shootout between armed hijackers and her father.

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As reported earlier this week, Sardia Sukhraj was fatally wounded after a shootout occurred outside their Shallcross home near Chatsworth, on Monday morning.

South Africans have been outraged over the incident and it prompted an action against gun violence in her honour.

On Friday, citizens dressed in orange to show support for an initiative launched by East Coast Radio titled #StandUpForSadia.

Sukhraj’s school even participated and a touching video of her fellow students were shared on Facebook.

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On Twitter, thousands of South Africans shared photos of them in orange as they stood against gun violence.

The tragic loss of such a young girl’s life has prompted South Africans to take action against gun violence, and in particular the men behind her death.

South Africans have gone to the length that they petitioned to bring in the death penalty for Sukhraj’s murders.

Times LIVE reported thus far the petition received 19 000 signatures since its release on Monday.

“Nineteen-thousand is an impressive number of signatures for a petition, and statistics and other similar petitions seem to suggest that, if a nationwide consensus was taken, the majority of South Africans would call for the reinstatement of the death penalty,” said University of KwaZulu-Natal School of Law senior lecturer Suhayfa Bhamjee.

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