Chaos breaks out at Total Shutdown march

Chaos breaks out at Total Shutdown march

Chaos erupted at the total shutdown march in Tshwane on Wednesday afternoon when President Cyril Ramaphosa did not receive a memorandum from the Marchers.

Total Shutdown women's march
Thousands of women marched through the Pretoria CBD to protest against violence towards women and children. Photo: Sibahle Motha.

It is alleged that Ramaphosa could not come and listen to the plight of women as he was attending a meeting.

Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor was instead sent to receive the memorandum.

She was subsequently chased away by marchers, who demanded that Ramaphosa address them.

Bottles filled with water and juice were thrown towards police as the marchers tried to force their way to the Union Buildings.

Police pushed back and closed the gates prohibiting anyone from coming in.

Total Shutdown spokesperson Lesley Ncube says marchers will remain  outside the Union Building lawns until Ramaphosa comes to collect their memorandum.

'Women here say they will wait, we will wait for a couple of hours or even days, we will wait. As you cAn see here, there are still scores of women waiting," she says.

Thousands of women and non gender conforming people marched to the union buildings against gender based violence (GBV).

The march which saw scores of women stand up against GBV, brought the city of Tshwane to a standstill.

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