The #AmINext hashtag is more than a trending movement on social media. The women who inspired it were murdered and the number of women killed through gender-based crimes continues to rise in South Africa.
The latest victim was 22-year-old Sinethemba Ndlovu, who died after being stabbed in Sidakeni, Msinga, during the early hours of Sunday (September 22) morning, reports South Africa’s News24. No arrests have been made.
Ndlovu, who was a student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, was reportedly working as a hostess as the Msinga Driftkhana motorsport event on Saturday (September 21) evening, News24 reports.
After her shift ended, Ndlovu and other hostesses wanted to stay at the event to watch some of the musical acts.
“It was reported to our coordinating team that some of the ladies requested to remain behind as they wanted to witness the musical performances taking place,” said a statement from event organizers, News24 reports.
“The group of ladies who had remained behind later left the project venue, walking to their accommodation,” the statement continued. “On their way, sadly one of them was attacked by unknown men and later passed [a]way in hospital.”
Ndlovu was allegedly murdered by a man or men, just like Uyinene Mrwetyana, Jesse Hess, Natasha Conabeer, Leighandre Jegels, and the list continues to grow.
“This is #SinethembaNdlovu, a student at UKZN,” a friend tweeted Sunday.
“She was brutally stabbed by a man who forced himself onto her while she was working at an event eMsinga. She passed away in hospital yesterday,” she added. “The #AmINext is not just a trend. Women are still being killed everyday. R.I.P. my friend.”
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a five-point emergency plan aimed at ending gender-based violence just days before Ndlovu was killed, News24 reports.
The five-point plan, which will be implemented over the next six months, includes prevention, strengthening the criminal justice system, enhancing the legal and policy framework, ensuring adequate care, support, and healing for victims of violence, and strengthening the economic power of women.
In the meantime, women continue being killed.
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