- Uyinene Mrwetyana's mom had a sit-down with former Miss SA Demi-Leigh Tebow to talk about her daughter
- The woman revealed that dealing with the loss of her child has been difficult
- She also spoke about the fight against gender-based violence, which was responsible for the young woman's untimely death
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Uyinene Mrwetyana’s mother recently sat down with former Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Tebow to talk about the death of her daughter. The 19-year-old University of Cape Town student was murdered last year.
Demi-Leigh hosted the grieving Noma Mrwetyana on Instagram earlier this week. The mother opened up about how hard life has been since losing her daughter in August 2019. They also discussed Uyinene’s legacy and gender-based violence issues in the country.
Uyinene was found murdered and raped late last year after a nationwide search when she was reported missing. Her shock death led to an #AmINext social media movement where women shared their fears of being victims of what was dubbed a femicide.
Noma said it has been difficult to cope but was thankful for the support she received. The resilient mother started a foundation in honour of her late daughter. The aim of the foundation is to help victims of gender-based violence.
She told Demi that she did not want her daughter's death to have been in vain.
“Uyinene is bigger than gender-based violence. She was a leader."
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Demi-Leigh praised the woman for her perseverance through the pain to help others. She applauded the woman for not allowing for Uyinene's legacy to be tainted, but instead using it to empower others.
Social media users shared their thoughts in the comments section. Instagram user anrivz said:
"So beautiful. Had tears in my eyes throughout! So brave! Two wonderful woman highlighting a worthy cause!"
"Thank you for giving her the opportunity to speak"
"Thank you for using your platform to encourage others & shed light on GBV! And thank you to Mrs. Mrwetyana for your courage and commitment!"
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