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'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.

South Africans are Marching to Parliament to Protest Violence Against Women

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Emerging Artists: Submit to Be a Part of MIDEM Talent Exporter

The new program will select a group of 22 artists from across the world through an open call for entries.

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The MIDEM Talent Exporter will select a group of 22 artists from across the world through an open call for entries.

"This live matchmaking format will shine a light on the most promising export-ready talent," a message from MIDEM explains, "and connect them with today's finest international talent buyers, including agents, promoters, festivals, media, PR, curators, music editors and A&R. They will also gain access to 10 music supervisors with the specific objective of building concrete business partnerships."

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