Sexist violence is deeply ingrained in SA, and a march won’t help

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Sexist violence is deeply ingrained in SA, and a march won’t help

We need activism around the scourge, but the problem goes much deeper into our misogynistic culture

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The two young people murdered last week had three things in common. They were 19 years old. They were first-year university students. They were women. Now these young, idealistic South Africans looking forward to changing their worlds are dead even before they could complete their first year of studies.

Jesse Hess had just graduated from Table View High School in Cape Town, having chosen to dedicate her life to service in a Christian ministry.

She was already a youth leader in her church and, a mere hours before her death had won a Women’s Month award. “I have been saving to do something special for my gran and my aunt … who took me in,” she told Heart FM radio. No surprise that this young leader was registered to study theology at the University of the Western Cape...

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