#NotInMyName: SA men set to march against woman abuse

With black tape covering their mouths, a group of men are set to lead a silent protest against woman abuse in Pretoria on Saturday.

The #NotInMyName march follows the recent national uproar over violence against women.

After the death of 22-year-old Karabo Mokoena, who was allegedly killed and burned beyond recognition by her boyfriend Sandile Mantsoe (27), thousands took to social media to voice their opinion under the hashtag #MenAreTrash.

The two-hour march comes in response to the trending hashtag, with a group of men now making the decision to stand against their male counterparts who subject women to violence.

“How long will we sit while women get raped and abused by us? When will we take collective responsibility for our actions?” reads a poster advertising the march that has been circulating on social media.

Over the past weekend in Johannesburg alone, two women were raped and killed and a pregnant woman was gang raped by 11 men in downtown Johannesburg.

According to co-ordinator Siyabulela Jentile, participants of the march will depart from Church Square at 10 am and peacefully protest to the Union Buildings.

“After the messages, we will remove the black tape from our mouths and we will start singing songs,” he said to IOL. “We will obviously have a keynote address by a speaker, who we are still going to confirm.”

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Some men in the North West province pledged to also embark on another march in Mafikeng to raise concerns about women abuse.

Jentile strongly believes it is time for men to take a stand against the violence.

“We are in fact marching against ourselves. We will look at how we as gents can forge a way forward to stop abuse against women.

“We are aware of what is happening in the country. We were not going to fold our arms and do nothing while our women and girlfriends continue to be victimised daily.”

Sources: TwitterIOL. Drum.