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Am I Next protests: What we know about the planned disruptions [video]

According to the information that is being spread on social media, the protests will take place in different parts of the country, from Wednesday.

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Photo: Twitter / @tate_musinahama

The pain and sorrow shared by South Africans, over the events that unfolded recently, has transformed into a movement, called ‘Am I Next’, that plans to disrupt the World Economic Forum that is taking place in Cape Town, on Wednesday.

What prompted ‘Am I Next’ protests?

The Am I Next movement has, in the last 24 hours, garnered support on a national scale. It rose out of the frustrations of many South African women who have grown tired of the perceived inaction displayed by the government.

In the last 24 hours, South Africans learned that first-year UCT film student, Uyinene Mrwetyana was allegedly murdered by a Post Office employee. A six-year-old, Amy-Lee de Jager — thankfully she has been found and safely reunited with her family — was, on Monday, kidnapped in front of her school.

The country also recently heard of the gruesome murders of Leighandre Jegels, Nolunde Vumsindo, Meghan Cremer, Jesse Hess and others.

The apparent inability of law enforcement agencies and the government to nip the scourge of femicide and violence against women in the bud has prompted scores of women to band together for what they call “Am I Next” protests.

Where we are likely to see protest action

The information we received has not been verified with the relevant authorities, as it comes from the online community. However, we understand that from Wednesday, this is where we are likely to see ‘Am I Next’ protest action.

World Economic Forum at CTICC

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to host a number of foreign heads of state at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), on Wednesday, for the World Economic Forum.

There has been a flyer doing the rounds, calling on women and supporters of the movement to convene at the convention centre to disrupt proceedings.

Parliament, Cape Town

Moreover, another flyer has been doing the rounds on social media. It alleges that a GBV Sector Coordinator, known only as Nkokheli, will lead a march to Parliament, on Wednesday, calling on the government to do more to protect women.

While we wait to hear from the City of Cape Town on whether it is aware of these protests, we will monitor all of the activity and publish updates as they trickle in.

Watch: Universities hold vigil in honour of ‘Am I Next’ movement

The ‘Am I Next’ demonstrations have already picked up in other parts of the country. Students from the University of Pretoria and the University of KwaZulu-Natal have, on Tuesday, held vigils in honour of the fallen women.

This is just some of the footage we were able to source online.