Charlize Theron calls on SA leaders to stop ignoring rape and femicide

Charlize Theron calls on SA leaders to stop ignoring rape and femicide

- Charlize Theron took to social media in response to an advert she appeared in back in 1999 that was shared

- The award-winning Mzansi-born actress called on leaders to stop ignoring rape and femicide like they did 20 years ago

- Charlize also urged the men in her home country to protect their women and not be bystanders to the abuse of women

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Mzansi-born celebrity, Charlize Theron, took to social media to speak out against the violence South African women are still subjected to after so many years and said that the system is failing them as rape and femicide continue to rise.

Charlize raised her concern after a tweep shared an advert she featured in back in 1999. The advert featured Charlize calling men out on their abusive behaviour towards women. The advert was then banned on grounds that it was offensive to men.

Charlize replied to the tweep saying: “When I made this ad in 1999 I hoped things would change. They have not. Rape and femicide are still a huge epidemic in South Africa and clearly the system has failed women.

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Charlize then called on the South African authorities to act and not continue to ignore the scourge – as they did almost 20 years ago.

“Our leaders can’t continue to turn a blind eye, as they did with this ad.”

The award-winning actress then urged men to take a stand and defend women from abusive men and situations.

Charlize continued to tweet: “To the men in my home country – please protect our women. Stand up. Speak Up. Don’t be bystanders. Call out your fellow man when you see him going down a dangerous path. You have the power to change this.”

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Meanwhile, two weeks ago, reported that a proudly South African moment will soon be playing out on television screens around the world. Charlize Theron is the producer of Hyperdrive, a new reality car show featured on Netflix.

The show aired two Wednesdays ago and has since released its second trailer, this time featuring South Africa’s ‘Spinning Queen’ Stacey-Lee May.

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