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Emotional scenes play out at PTA #TotalShutDown march

Thousands of women have marched through the streets of the capital to the Union Buildings where they're expected to hand over a memorandum demands.

Women making their way to the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN

PRETORIA - Emotions have run high at a march for victims of gender-based violence at the Pretoria leg of the total shut down movement.

Thousands of women have marched through the streets of the capital to the Union Buildings where they're expected to hand over a memorandum of demands.

They're demanding government establish a comprehensive process to address and reduce women abuse in the country.

Some women taking part in Wednesday’s march have recalled their harrowing stories.

A woman says she’s attended the march to stand in solidarity with all women, especially victims of gender-based violence.

“I’m here today to support other women, myself and my kids for the raping and killing of us. They are killing us, it’s too much now.”

An activist says government needs to take more drastic steps to stop the scourge in the country.

“We are here because we are seeing the rate of femicide and gender-based violence keeps on increasing. And all we ever get is 'we condemn' and 'enough is enough'.”

Women from all walks of life have taken part in Wednesday’s march, many wearing black, red and white - saying they want to send a strong message that “no means no”.

PROTESTERS DEMAND RAMAPHOSA’S AUDIENCE

A scuffle has broken out between police and women protesters under the total shut down banner at the Union Buildings.

Protesters have refused to hand over a memorandum to Minister Naledi Pandor on behalf of the government and are demanding President Cyril Ramaphosa personally receive their demands.

A scuffle broke out earlier when protesters tried to enter the premises.

Angry protesters say the president’s absence shows how government doesn’t take gender-based violence seriously.

“They don’t respect us,” a woman shouted.

While some women have left, others have vowed to stay until Ramaphosa addresses them.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)