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.
Watch the video below;
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 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.
— KHANYI MBAU (@MbauReloaded) September 2, 2019
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.
Last week a fellow publicist told me she was raped by a famous artist manager. He walked the streets a free man while she’s stuck at home afraid to go to work. And receives threats from his lawyers. What are we meant to do? Am I next?
— Melanie Gia Ramjee (@Hypress) September 2, 2019
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.
— Thabile Nomlala (@thabile_nomlala) September 3, 2019
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.
Men have to do better… it’s not safe anywhere anymore… #AmINext most of us have been violated by someone we trust, most of us have had our voices silenced by someone who said ‘I love you’.. It’s bad enough strangers rape and kill us but our loved ones too😩? We’re not safe!
— MONARCH💞🦋 (@Lady_Zamar) September 3, 2019
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.
— Lindiwe Suttle (@lindiwesuttle) September 2, 2019
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.
— Jessica Nkosi (@JessicaNkosi) September 3, 2019
— Love & Other Stuff (@Rouge_Rapper) September 2, 2019
— #JobWoodsJuly26 (@Gigi_Lamayne) September 2, 2019