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#JusticeForTshegoPule: Man Charged With Murder of 28-Year-Old Woman in South Africa

As the nation contends with Black people dying at the hands of the police, femicide continues to claim the lives of South African women including 28-year-old Tshego Pule.

UPDATE: 6/17: A man has been charged with the murder of 28-year-old Tshego Pule, whose body was found hanging from a tree last week in Johannesburg, South Africa after she went missing on June 4. The gruesome murder reignited protests around rampant femicide in the country.

According to BBC Africa, 31 year-old Mzikayise Malephane, appeared in court on Wednesday and has been charged with pre-meditated murder. The case is slated to move forward on June 24. Authorities believe that others may have been involved in the murder and have urged the public to assist in the investigation.

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South African women continue to live in fear as gender-based violence and femicide persist alongside the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, 28-year-old Tshego Pule, was found hanging from a tree with stab wounds to her chest after having gone missing at the beginning of June, according to the Gauteng Department of Social Development. Pule was also reportedly heavily pregnant at the time of her death.


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Social media has erupted into #JusticeForTshegoPule with reactions to not only the young woman's death, the deaths of countless women before her.

Last year, hundreds of South African women marched against gender-based violence and demanded that it could not be "business as usual." The protests came in the wake of numerous deaths of young South African women at the hands of men. While President Cyril Ramaphosa and his government established various task forces and assured protesters that crimes against women would be dealt with the full might of the law, very little has come from those assurances.

Although South Africa's femicide rate is five-times that of the global average, the government continues to lack the political will required to take action.

And while South Africa undeniably leads the way in terms of violence against women, Nigerians are also fed up. The recent online movement #WeAreTired saw Nigerians demanding that the government take fierce action against gender-based and police violence in the country, following a string of violent cases against young women. The online protests came shortly after the death of 23-year-old student Vera Omozuwa.

Here are some reactions to #JusticeForTshegoPule below:





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The African Union Condemns Violence Against #EndSARS Protesters in Nigeria

The African Union Commission chairperson has (finally) condemned the deadly violence against protesters calling for an end to police brutality in Nigeria. However, many feel the body's declaration is a little too late.

EWN reports that the African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has "strongly condemned the violence that erupted on 20 October 2020 during protests in Lagos, Nigeria that has resulted in multiple deaths and injuries." However, Mahamat's statement did not specifically denounce the actions of the security forces' actions. This past Tuesday, protesters calling for the disbandment of the infamous and an end to police brutality, were shot at by security forces at Lekki Toll Gate. The incident occurred shortly after an abrupt 24-hour curfew had been imposed by the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the AU has called for all involved "political and social actors to reject the use of violence and respect human rights and the rule of law" and recommended that they "privilege dialogue".
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How Technology Is Playing a Crucial Role in the #EndSARS Protests

Young people in Nigeria have successfully managed to use technological innovations to organize and make the #EndSARS protests run incredibly efficiently and easily. This moment will go down in history as a revolution that was birthed via technology.

It has been more than a week since young people in Nigeria took to the streets to demand that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, infamously known as SARS, be scrapped for good. Created in 1992, this police unit was originally set up to beat back armed robbery, the use of firearms and rising cases of kidnappings that grew in the late eighties. However, the unit went rogue, becoming more notorious for its savagery than actual crime-fighting. With a rap sheet ranging from profiling, harassment and assault to, in more extreme cases, slaughtering innocent citizens, these quasi-officers have unleashed terror on the nation for more than two decades.

Their victims are predominantly young Nigerians profiled on appearance—whether they drive exotic vehicles, use the latest gadgets, have their hair dyed or locked, or have piercings. In some cases, working in tech often gets conflated with financial fraud. For people who don't meet the absurd criteria, the mood of the officer can often become the difference between life and death.

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Emile YX? Wants to 'Reconnect The String'

The father of South African hip-hop's latest book release is here to teach you about the culture.

As a father-figure in South African hip-hop, there's a lot Emile Lester Jansen, aka Emile YX?, knows. He'll also tell you, there's a lot he doesn't. But the knowledge Emile has gained, over his 3 decades in music, he's always tried to share with others. His latest project is no different. The Black Noise founder is working on a book that identifies the similarities between Bushmen expression and hip-hop, and how this knowledge can help empower anyone who has a love of the culture.

The book, which will be called Reconnect The String, comes on the back of this year's 21st anniversary of the African Hip Hop Indaba, one of the landmark hip hop events in Cape Town created by Emile, which has helped many an artist launch their career. As a teacher and a musician, he's long been involved in using hip hop to uplift communities—first through the seminal group Black Noise, founded in the late 1980s, with its rhymes rallying against Apartheid, and then through the Heal the Hood organization, a non-profit that grew out of the group's efforts to use its love of hip hop to fuel youth development initiatives in townships on the Cape Flats.

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