A Protest Against South Africa’s Rape Culture

About 200 people gathered in the Central Block in front of the Great Hall at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg on Tuesday, April 26. Students at Wits, as it is known, organized an anti-rape culture protest to stand in solidarity with the women at Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. The issue is one of several that have emerged from the “fees must fall” movement that originally focused on rising tuition but now encompasses everything from education and poverty to women’s and gay rights. On April 17, a list circulated on Facebook, alleging that 11 men had raped women at the university. The release of the information sparked a couple of days of protests that turned violent at Rhodes.