Durban night vigil for victims of gender-based violence

Durban night vigil for victims of gender-based violence

Concerned residents will gather at the Durban City Hall this evening for a night vigil to mourn victims of gender-based violence.

The issue has again been brought sharply into focus by the recent spate of murders.

Pietermaritzburg woman, Verusha Padayachee was found beaten to death in her home last week, her husband is believed to be on the run.

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Champion boxer, Leighandre Jegels was shot and killed on Friday - allegedly by her partner. It emerged yesterday that UCT student, Nene Mrwetyana was found dead days after she went missing.

Pamela Padayachee of Durban-based organisation 1WomanPact says tonight's gathering is also about mobilising communities and other stakeholders to take a stand.

"It's ludicrous that in 2019 a young women can still go to the post office but not come home," said Padayachee.

"We as young women cannot stand on the periphery anymore and say it is fine."

"It is really time that we call for a state of emergency and these things must form part of the broader agenda for government," she said.

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The night vigil starts at 6pm.

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