Sandton Shutdown kicks off: Business can't continue as usual

Sandton Shutdown kicks off: Business can't continue as usual

- Dawn has yet to break in South Africa but the Shutdown movement has arrived in Sandton, Gauteng

- Gathering outside the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, protesters have started to arrive

- Condemning gender-based violence, participants are adamant that today won't be business as usual

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The Sandton Shutdown is well underway with reports of a heavy police presence as citizens make their way to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. reported that protestors from across the country are expected to take part in the march against gender-based violence.

With a crowd slowly growing, chanting and singing, South Africans have gathered to raise awareness, adamant that business in the region will not be allowed to continue as usual.

Last week had seen protestors gathered outside the World Economic Forum, calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to acknowledge the plight facing women in Mzansi.

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READ ALSO: Crime in South Africa: Police release latest stats, Cele not pleased

The release of the 2018/19 crime statistics revealed that both murder and sexual offences had seen an increase.

Police Minister Bheki Cele, in response to the over 20 000 murders and more than 52 000 sexual crimes, had admitted that:

"We are not where we want to be."

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