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South Africans are Marching to Parliament to Protest Violence Against Women

'Their blood is on your hands,' protesters say to President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Amid a wave of violent abductions, rapes and murders of numerous women in South Africa, hundreds have marched to the Parliament buildings in Cape Town to protest against the continued violence against women and children. These protests come after yesterday's initial protests at the World Economic Forum (WEF) which was held at the Cape Town International Convention Center (ICC). Several protesters including comedian and actor, Siv Ngesi, were arrested by police.


Hundreds of students and staff from the University of Cape Town, along with members of the public, have gathered outside the Parliament buildings to hand over a memorandum of demands to President Cyril Ramaphosa. News24, which has been on the ground since the protests began this morning, reports that upon Ramaphosa's arrival at the protest, the crowd was asked to sing the national anthem and subsequently refused.

South Africans have expressed their anger at Ramaphosa's initial silence over both the surge in violence against women and xenophobic attacks plaguing the country. Many have signed a petition calling for the return of the death penalty of those who rape and murder women while others have demanded that the national sex offenders registry, which is not accessible to the public save for potential employers, be made public.

Addressing the protesters briefly, Ramaphosa said that, "We are drawing a line in the sand...Men who rape women, men who kill women must stay in jail for life. [T]hey do not belong in society." However, his words bring very little hope or reassurance to the many South African women and children who have been continuously failed by a justice system that victimizes them even further after attempting to report incidents of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence. A few days ago, the South African government received heavy criticism and condemnation for tweeting that women should "not allow themselves to become victims."

BusinessLive reports that Ramaphosa, who was supposed to be participating in a panel discussion at the WEF with UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, left the proceedings to go and address the protesters. He has since returned and it is unclear when he will respond to the demands of the protesters.

Police are currently preventing the crowd from marching to the WEF and staging a sit-in at the ICC as they did yesterday.

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Jailed Ugandan Activist, Stella Nyanzi, Wins PEN Prize for Freedom of Expression

The outspoken activist, who is currently serving a prison sentence for a poem she wrote about the president's mother's vagina, won for her resistance "in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her."

Stella Nyanzi, the Ugandan academic, activist, and vocal critic of President Yoweri Museveni has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International award for freedom of expression, given to writers who "continue to work for freedom of expression in the face of persecution."

Nyanzi is currently serving a 15 month sentence for "cyber harassment" after she published a poem in which she wrote that she wished "the acidic pus flooding Esiteri's (the president's mother) vaginal canal had burn up your unborn fetus. Burn you up as badly as you have corroded all morality and professionalism out of our public institutions in Uganda."

According to the director of PEN International, Carles Torner, her unfiltered outspokenness around the issues facing her country is what earned her the award. "For her, writing is a permanent form of resistance in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her," said Torner at the award ceremony.

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Watch the First Episode of Flame’s Documentary Series ‘Welcome To My Life’

Flame takes fans behind the scenes in his new documentary series.

From interviews to smoking sessions, performances, studio sessions and a visit to the hair salon, Flame gives fans a glimpse into his life and adventures.

The South African hip-hop artist and producer shared the first episode of an ongoing documentary series titled Welcome To My Life. The first episode, which he shared today, shows Flame and his affiliates—the likes of Ecco, Mellow and others—going about their business.

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In Conversation with Congolese NBA Player Emmanuel Mudiay: 'I want more African players in the NBA.'

The Utah Jazz player talks about being African in the NBA, supporting basketball in the DRC and how 'everybody knows about Burna Boy'.

Inspired by his basketball-playing older brothers, by second grade, Emmanuel Mudiay already knew that he wanted to play in the American National Basketball Association. Then in 2001 his family, fleeing the war in Democratic Republic of Congo, sought asylum in the United States.

In America, Mudiay saw basketball as a way for him to improve his situation. After impressive high school and college careers, he moved to China to play pro ball. Picked 7th overall in the 2015 NBA draft, the now 23-year-old guard has made a name for himself this season coming off the bench for the Utah Jazz.

Mudiay attests to the sport having changed not only his life but that of his siblings. Basketball gave them all a chance at a good education and the opportunity to dream without conditions. Now he wants to see other talented African players make it too.

We caught up with him to talk about his experience as an African player in the NBA, his hopes for basketball on the African continent and who he and his teammates jam out to in their locker rooms.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Watch Yilian Canizares & Paul Beaubrun's Beautiful Video For 'Noyé'

"Cuba and Haiti come together to share the love and heritage of our deep rooted culture and spirituality."

Yilian Canizares and Paul Beaubrun connect for the serene "Noyé," one of the highlights from Canizares' latest album, Erzulie.

The Cuban singer and Haitian artist are now sharing the new Arnaud Robert-directed music video for the single, which we're premiering here today.

"Noyé is a song that comes from our roots," Yilian Canizares tells OkayAfrica. "Inspired by the energy of love. The same love that kept Africa's legacy alive in the hearts of Haiti and Cuba. We wanted to do a stripped down version of only the essential pieces from a musical point of view. Something raw and beautiful where our souls would be naked."

The striking music video follows Canizares and Beaubrun to the waters of New Orleans, the universal Creole capital, where they sing and float until meeting on the Mississippi River.

"Noyé is a cry of love from children of African descent," says Paul Beaubrun. "Cuba and Haiti come together to share the love and heritage of our deep rooted culture and spirituality."

Watch the new music video for "Noyé" below.

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