LGBTI students call for more vocal government

A member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender( LGBTI) community from the University of the Free State (UFS) says President Cyril Ramaphosa and his government should be more vocal and act tough against the scourge of femicide in the country.

An Economics and Management Science faculty-student, Aphelele Jaceni, says it is only through government interventions that the fight against femicide can be curbed.

His comments follow after a group of students wearing black gathered at the University’s main campus in Bloemfontein on Thursday in solidarity with #AmINextProtests across the country, following a spate of brutal killings and of women like Uyinene Mwretyana and Leighandre Jegels.

Jaceni says the country should come together and stand side by side with one another to fight the scourge.

Meanwhile, on Thursday President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on the scourge of public and gender-based violence (GBV) – saying he will ask Parliament to consider making the sexual offences register public.

The President said he also wants officials to overhaul the database of sexual offenders. In solidarity with the protest across the country, University management and students agreed that classes will be suspended on Friday  in solidarity with protests seeking to highlight the killing of women.

Women and men who were wearing black to highlight this plight yesterday gathered to explore channels and ways of how to curb violence against the most vulnerable group in the society at the university main campus in Bloemfontein.

Some in the group raised serious issues, which includes being victimised by some of the institution’s officials.

OFM News/Lucky Nkuyane