On Monday South African women started a viral hashtag #UyineneMrwetyana showing their solidarity and support for the murdered student while many more sharing stories of their friends, cousins who were victims of disappearance or rape and murder.
Mydear cousin������ was doing matric this year. She was raped& brutally murdered last Friday night. Her body was found the next morning in a very bad & scary manner. Nobody saw anything,the Culprits are still out there. More that anything I'm so angry right now. #UyineneMrwetyanapic.twitter.com/CQjV5E78ZH
I was hoping #UyineneMrwetyana would make it home safe �� My cousin Princess Bano Ludidi is missing too, she was going to PE Saturday. If you have any information about her disappearance, please call this number 0793442226 please ���� pic.twitter.com/d5mrgcx5I8
The government’s official Twitter account also expressed their condolences.
“We would like to extend our deepest condolences on the death of UCT Student #UyineneMrwetyana. May her soul rest in peace. Government condemns any form of violence against women and children. #RIPUyinene,” they wrote on Twitter.
University of Cape Town (UCT) students, staff, and her friends gathered Monday around the court and also inside the court during the trial. The UCT students also held nigh vigil for Mrwetyana Sunday.
Sexual violence is widespread in South Africa. According to crime statistics released by Police Minister Bheki Cele in Sept. 2018, a total of 40,035 cases of rape across South Africa was registered for 2017-2018 with 110 incidents per day.