- Tumi was once a victim of femicide herself
- The recent pandemonium left Tumi feeling so anxious that she felt the need to grab a knife when someone knocked at the door
- The support has been amazing but Tumi is scared that it will all fall away when it is no longer trending
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South African comedian Tumi Morake, a victim of violence herself, is utterly horrified by the recent splurge of femicide that has been taking place in Mzansi.
The heart-breaking and shocking deaths of young women like Natasha Conabeer and Uyinene Mrwetyana are what have sent the people of Mzansi into battle mode.
Briefly.co.za learnt that Tumi opened up in an interview with TshisaLIVE about how she feels as not only a woman in Mzansi, but a victim of femicide.
Tumi was raped as a young girl and knows what it feels like to be the victim and still have to deal with the situation like you were the cause.
“I feel like we’ve normalised a culture where men are not involved. If you are raped, it is your issue and you must deal with it like you initiated it. We didn’t apply for this. We need men to be uncomfortable and fight this epidemic with us.”
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The recent uproar brought back memories that Tumi never wanted to ever relive again. It affected Tumi so badly that she didn’t even leave home to get food. When she ordered in her heart skipped a beat when the delivery man knocked on her door; she even carried a knife with her just in case.
Feeling the need to grab a knife just to collect her takeaways form the door left Tumi feeling extremely unsettled. Feeling that way is not normal and no girl, woman or person should ever have to fear for their life so extremely.
Tumi found the support over the last couple of weeks really inspiring, however, she highlighted that the only time we will actually see if it had an effect is when femicide stops trending.
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It is all good and well that people have stepped up and spoken out while emotions are high, but it is not enough, we need to stand up and speak out every day from this day on.
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