“Am I Next”? A lament for South African Women.
It seems like South Africa has become a jungle, with male predators preying over women. This follows the ever-increasing violence against women and children.
Not so long ago, a man working at Clareinch Post Office raped and murdered UCT’s Uyinene Mrwetyana.
The 19 years old’s tragedy left many citizens distressed and torn apart. It truly became a cry out for women which gave birth to the “Am I next” movement.
Gender-Based Violence is always a nightmare
Often, incidents such as rape and abuse are sudden. And victims usually don’t expect the ambush from the perpetrators.
That’s because most women are slaughtered by the same people who claim they love them. Such as their spouses, and boyfriends.
So it then becomes an irony and an area of uncertainty for women. As many are now curious whether “they are next in line”.
Indeed, such fear can result in psychological impairment. Leaving majoring of women in a state of ambivalence whether they should, or should not associate themselves with men.
Femicide causes gender wars and confusion
Apart from the “Am I next” ambiguity, women abuse is well responsible for gender wars. The increase of femicide rates is constantly promoting hatred against men.
Women are retaliating concerning the dark cloud they’re facing. They are fighting for why they are paying the price for unsafe South Africa.
As a result, this has led to a division among many, as some demands a men free society. While more than 400 000 signed a petition requesting the death penalty-abolished in 1995-be reinstated for a crime against women.
Incidentally, this robs communal peace among SA citizens. It also confuses the younger generations about how they should perceive men and his purpose in humanity.