- South Africans are up in arms as the nation wakes up daily to news of rape, murder and abduction
- This has prompted calls to shut down the country in an attempt to put an end to the surge of crime and hopelessness
- Briefly.co.za takes a look at this movement and what it hopes to achieve with nation-wide protests
September, in the three days that it has been upon us, has brought heartache and devastation but mostly anger.
Briefly.co.za reported that South Africa is filled with rage at the continued brutality facing women and children, with a petition to reinstate the death penalty gaining massive traction.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has released a statement lamenting the fact that woman in SA 'are not safe'.
This kind of reaction from both the state and law enforcement only serves to bolster the calls for widespread uprising in protest. The time for action is upon us, not lip-service statements.
Social media has been flooded with comments from citizens who are asking themselves: Am I next? Woman and children are facing a high chance of danger befalling them, even simply while they collect parcels from the post office, while they walk into their schools.
Another issue that has been baring the violent nature of the current times is the protests aimed at foreign nationals in Gauteng.
Residents have spoken out about the crime, drug-use and missed economic opportunities that have marked an influx of foreigners into the country.
All of this has made for a bitter sense of hopelessness in SA, and the Shutdown Movement aims to bring things to a standstill until those in power take notice and act.
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