American rapper Jidenna has joined calls for South Africa to take tough action against perpetrators of gender-based violence

The Little Bit More hitmaker shared a picture of slain Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana on his Twitter page.

The 19-year-old was raped and murdered by a Post Office employee who attacked her when she inquired about a parcel.

Jidenna says a state of emergency should be declared.

“As a person who lived in SA for a while and has fam & friends in 🇿🇦, I’ve heard many horror stories about violence & sexual assault on women. The story of #UyineneMrwetyana is heartbreaking. Parliament needs to declare gender violence a state of emergency”

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His fans praised him for using his platform to shine the spotlight on the plight of South African women and children.

“Thank you for this because our government isn’t doing/saying anything about,” one Twitter user wrote.

Jidenna, who is half Nigerian, also weighs in on the recent spate of xenophobic attacks in SA

“These #xenophobicattacks and assaults on women in 🇿🇦 aren’t new. They‘re a direct symptom of apartheid & they‘ll only end once the attackers realize that women & Nigerians are not the enemy. Neo-colonialists made u feel castrated & worthless; tribalism & patriarchy are their guns,” he tweeted.

His thoughts on xenophobia received mixed reactions.

“No, @Jidenna I disagree, I am sorry but it’s time to shift the narrative, they should get going from the neocolonialism crap and move their assets to work towards a better country and stop blaming my brothers and sisters, it’s still pitiful to say it’s an aftermath,” one man wrote.

Another added: “You’re making an excuse for very despicable criminal behavior. This is not the time. It is not.”