- A woman has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise R30 000
- Her aim is to use the money to buy pepper spray for female UCT students
- Since launching the campaign on Tuesday, she has raised more than half the target
A woman, Samantha Perkins, has started a BackaBuddy campaign that aims to raise R30 000. Perkins wants to use the money to buy pepper spray for female UCT students in honour of Uyinene Mrwetyana and other women who have suffered gender-based violence.
Perkins wrote in the description that she started the initiative in light of the current situation in South Africa.
The aim is to purchase and distribute at least 300 units of pepper spray, which cost R135 each, to female students at the University of Cape Town.
"It is our hope that this will at least make a small difference to the safety of women in the interim before the government decides to initiate serious efforts to solve this deep structural issue within our society," she said.
Since starting the crowdfunding campaign on Tuesday, South Africans have already donated more than half the amount of the target.
"In honour and loving memory of Uyinene Mrwetyana, Jesse Hess, Leighandre Jegels, Lynette Volschenk, Meghan Cremer and the many other victims of gender-based violence. We will not forget," she wrote.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported earlier that an attorney is empowering abused women by offering her services for free. The lawyer called on abused women to sue their abusers and to make them pay.
"Make them pay. And if they can't, take their possessions. Take their cars," she said.
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