Hundreds of protesters have tried to enter the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), where the WEF for Africa is currently taking place.
A large group of police, with riot vehicles, have stopped the protesters, who are believed to mainly be students, from entering the venue, Bloomberg reports. It has since been reported by multiple sources that stun grenades have been used.
According to IOL, chants of “we want a state of emergency”, “how many more” and “shut down the country” could be heard as the protesters charged for the door.
The Citizen reported earlier on Wednesday that a group of South African women organised under the name “Am I Next” engaged in a silent protest to the Cape Town International Convention Center (CTICC) to demand action from President Cyril Ramaphosa regarding the ongoing problems of femicide and gender-based violence in South Africa.
The organisation’s name was derived from a question that various social media users began to ask this week after news of the deaths of boxing champ Leighandre ‘Baby Lee’ Jegels and UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana.
The question was then turned into a hashtag #AmINext, which has also since been used to out perpetrators of sexual violence in a version of the #MeToo moment for South Africa.
The CTICC is currently where the 2019 World Economic Forum on Africa is happening featuring delegates from all over the world. Ramaphosa is also in attendance.
Although he has not yet addressed the crowd, they were attended to by Dr Olive Shisana, who is the chair of a special task team on gender-based violence established by Ramaphosa’s administration.
Ramaphosa has yet to respond to the protesters’ concerns.
(Edited by Daniel Friedman. Background reporting, Kaunda Selisho)