A cool wind and gray sky matched the mood of a memorial held exterior the Clareinch submit place of job in Claremont, Cape City, on Tuesday night.
The crowd had gathered to commemorate the existence of rape and murder victim Uyinene Mrwetyana, a College of Cape City pupil who died on this day two years in the past when she was 19 and in the first yr of her be taught.
When the memorial started at 5pm, the railings of the submit place of job had been already lined in ribbons, vegetation and photos of the young girl whose face has transform synonymous with the fight against gender-based violence in the country.
A poster below a colossal photo read: “Am I subsequent?”
Mrwetyana, who had no longer too long in the past matriculated from Kingswood College in Makanda before travelling to the Western Cape, lived in a college build no longer removed from the submit place of job.
On the sunny Saturday morning of August 24 2019, she headed out to win a parcel however was suggested by clerk Luyanda Botha to return true as the submit place of job was about to end.
She went about her other chores for the morning and returned by cab later that day.
She never returned to Roscommon House, the build where she was staying, and for nine days after that, a determined search unfolded.
Botha had raped her on the assist of the counter on the submit place of job before bludgeoning her to loss of life with a weighted scale, and had then returned the following day to retrieve her body.
He had attempted to burn her however indirectly buried her in a shallow grave beside a railway tune in Khayelitsha.
After her body was discovered and identified, the submit place of job turned into festooned in vegetation to brand her loss of life and a spontaneous verbalize within the submit place of job resulted in it being immediate shut down.
A yr later, on the first anniversary, the submit place of job was as soon as extra lined in vegetation and ribbons.
Her loss of life galvanised the fight against gender-based violence in the country
Speaking exterior the submit place of job on Tuesday night, pupil Annah van Niekerk, talked about: “This occurred if truth be told end to home, and it might per chance per chance in reality most likely well well be wanted that all americans stand up for the a full bunch of other cases that also happen. It’s extraordinarily empowering as a woman to be here and ogle so many of us standing up against gender-based violence.”
UCT’s Kate Christie slammed Botha for brutally ending Mrwetyana’s existence, announcing that he turned into her pleasure at receiving a parcel of newest clothes into a nightmare that, indirectly, claimed her existence.