‘We don’t want to live in fear’

Rorisang Ramorena and Molebogeng Onkaetse say they want to feel safe in their community. PHOTOS: SEITHATI SEMENOKANE

Matriculants at Brebner High School in Bloemfontein have joined the national outcry against the recent spread of woman abuse experienced in the country. Reports of young women and girls being kidnapped and brutally murdered have caused panic among society.

Social media is inundated with posts of missing persons, while the recent #NotInMyName marches have seen the nation’s men and women come together to voice their strong stance against abuse.

Matric learners at Brebner have also made their voices heard. Learners gathered at the school quad on Friday 26 May 2017 to demonstrate that they are also against abuse.

Molebogeng Onkaetse, a learner who is the brainchild behind the event, said: “Since the killings and kidnappings have started, everybody has been living in fear, We don’t want to live in fear. We don’t want to get out of the school premises and be scared that somebody might take us. I did this so that everybody gets a chance to stand up for the truth and for what they believe in.”

Another learner, Rorisang Ramorena, said: “I took part today because it’s not nice to live in fear. You don’t want to be looking over your shoulder every time you go somewhere. Abuse is not right. Stop killing our sisters. It’s not right.”

The learners where dressed all in black and wore red lipstick for the occasion. – Seithati Semenokane