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Gender violence: silence is not golden

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Soweto ’76 helped kick-start real change. We can – and we must – do it again.


17 Jun 2020
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Gender violence: silence is not golden

A Black Lives Matter picket on Rivonia Road in Sandton, 16 June 2020. Picture: Neil McCartney

Every year, at this time, the politicians roll out clichés and platitudes about the sacrifices of “the Youth”, cynically referencing the June 1976 uprising, which began in Soweto but spread around the country. Throughout the year, too, political and other leaders will, as yet another atrocity unfolds, declare themselves horrified at gender-based violence (GBV) and use many similar sounding platitudes and clichés to commit themselves to ending this scourge. And yet, in both cases, what changes? Nothing much. While it is true that young black people have many more opportunities now than they ever did at the height of apartheid,...

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