In response to 19-year-old Uyinene Mrwetyana’s brutal murder, Anele Mdoda took to social media to share a video which hit home for many people

The presenter shared a Charlize Theron advert from 1999 who, at the time, was condemning the rape crisis in South Africa.

Sadly, over two decades later, the words she was preaching in the video still ring true today and in the light of Uyinene’s death, suggesting that not enough has changed in South Africa.

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Every woman knows a woman who has been raped but there is not a man that will admit to knowing a rapist. I am just waiting to die. Am I next ?

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Anele’s caption was closely related to hashtag -#AmINext – that has been trending since Monday, when it was announced that Uyinene’s murderer had been arrested

It read, “Every woman knows a woman who has been raped but there is not a man that will admit to knowing a rapist. I am just waiting to die. Am I next ?”

#AmINext has quickly transformed into a powerful movement and a number of South Africa’s most prominent celebrities have put their weight behind the hashtag.

In short, enough is enough and these stars are using their platforms to spark change”

Khanyi Mbau

Khanyi Mbau not only lent her voice to the movement, but she actively called out a man who was harassing her on the timeline and made an example out of him in the process.

Melanie Ramjee

Celebrity publicist and entrepreneur Melanie Ramjee, AKA Hypress, used the Am I Next movement to highlight another ongoing case; one which has seen a prominent figure implicated in numerous assault allegations.

Zozibini Tunzi

Newly crowned Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi has maintained the same energy which propelled her to winning the crown.

Upon learning of Uyinene’s death, Zozi spoke fearlessly about the change that South Africa needs to see and many used the opportunity to share the powerful response she gave when asked if women in South Africa had a reason to smile.

Lady Zamar

Lady Zamar issued a fearsome reminder that many women don’t even feel safe from their loved ones, recalling the dozens of stories we have heard about women being assaulted by their partners and family members.

Lindiwe Suttle

Writer and songwriter Lindiwe Suttle has not only used the hashtag at every opportunity, but also called on her followers to support the upcoming #AmINext protest which will be staged in Cape Town.

Jessica Nkosi, Rouge, Gigi Lamayne

A number of other celebrities left the poignant question on their timelines by using the hashtag in isolation. Each of Jessica, Rouge and Gigi has taken the time to call on the government to take action.

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