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Wits students in silent protest

Hundreds of students took part in the protest to raise awareness about rape.

Students at Wits University held a silent protest at the Senate House against the scourge of rape in South Africa on 19 April, 2013. Picture: Shain Germaner/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds of students on Friday protested at the University of the Witwatersrand against the scourge of rape.

The gang-rape, mutilation and murder of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen and a number of recent cases sparked the protest.

Students dressed in purple t-shirts, with black tape across their mouths, protested at Senate House in Braamfontein.

They were demonstrating against the unacceptable levels of rape in South Africa.

One of the protest organisers, Lauren Germaine, said the taping of mouths was very significant.

"Millions of people every year are silenced by sexual violence and they are too scared to share their stories."

The silent demonstration was expected to end with a breaking of silence ceremony, where students were expected to come forward with their stories of survival.

Four universities across the country participated in the protest.