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Women reclaim taxi ranks

By Sapa | Feb 17, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 63 ]

'Mini-Skirt we love you'

Bree street taxi rank in Johannesburg’s CBD was bustling with people gathering for a march organised by the ANC Women’s League on Friday.

Women and several men wore miniskirts in bright colours and sang  “the leadership is greeting” and “mini skirt we love you”.

The march was to protest against the harassment experienced by two young women when they went shopping in the Noord Street taxi rank in December.

The women have been identified only as Zama and Nomthandazo because of the nature of their harassment.

Nomthandazo had worn a black miniskirt and Zama a black top with white bra straps showing.

A group of men taunted them about their clothes while groping them, pulling at their clothing, and taking photos with their cellphones.

The march was intended to emphasise that women had the right to wear what they wished and should not be demeaned or victimised over their choice of clothes.

The women’s league was joined by the Congress of SA Trade Unions  and Women and Men Against Child Abuse for the march. The Commission for Gender Equality also pledged their support for the sexual harassment awareness event.

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IT'S STILL A LOT COMMING THAT WE'LL SEE IN THIS NEW / FREEDOM OF OUR COUNTRY , NEXT THING THEY GONNA MARCH FOR GOING NAKED AND IT'S GONNA BE SAID IT'S STILL THEIR RIGHTS . WHY TOPTV WAS STOPPED FOR OPPENING PORN CHANNELS IF SUCH BEHAVIORS ARE ALLOWED . THE ONE ON THE RIGHTSIDE YOH THE PRIVATE PART ALMOST WAW .....CAN YOU IMAGINE IF SHE WAS TO BEND TO PICK UP SOMETHING ?

Feb 18, 2012 11:33 | 0 replies

@MommaC my sesie moenie praat snaks van taxi driver, hy sal jou klap. Jy moet virsigtig wees.

Feb 17, 2012 4:11 | 0 replies

The anc ministers are shameless plagiarists, mpshe also plagiarise a legal argument which he used to fre.e zuma from his armsdeal possible corruption case, now xingwana is copy a canada sl#t walk protest to use it as a solution against rapists, without taking into account that here in SA the sitution and environment is different, how the two environments are different, in Canada they have educational projects geared to rehabilitate sex offenders, in SA we don't and that coupled with cultural difference in both countries so how can this be a one size fits all to 2 very different situations? its like giving one of zuma w!ves a dress worn by Kate Moss it work, we should stop seeking quick fix to our problems.

Feb 17, 2012 4:11 | 0 replies

Papgat

Van wie af? Ek sal 'n papgat stikkened skop as hy probeer

Feb 17, 2012 4:10 | 0 replies

somaartakeit

Name me one SA tribal custom where unmarried women are expected to dress in tents? We are not Saudi Arabia. These young girls were in town, not at the office or at a wedding.

Those two young women may have been a fashion crime all in itself but that was no reason to manhandle them. I hope they got the message loud and clear that women are not objects to be used and abused by men and we won't stand for it any more. I also hope those girls get the message that they are not dirty and they did nothing wrong.

Joburg taxi drivers have the absolute worst reputation in the country. We don't get this kind of ish in Pretoria. Most of our girls walk around in shortish skirts and our taxi drivers wouldn't DARE say a word as they would get a fat klap. Its about time that the good ladies of Joburg took the same stance.

Skirts don't rape, men don't rape - RAPISTS rape.

Feb 17, 2012 4:8 | 0 replies

@MommaC my sesie jy sal die klap kry vandag.

Feb 17, 2012 4:6 | 0 replies

TKay

There were lots of people.
Those buggers at the taxi rank were tjoeps still, They are only 'big men' when they are harassing young girls but a hoard of real women scared them silent.


BiPolar,

We have some of the best men in the world here but we also have a bunch of insecure babies who pretend to be men.

Feb 17, 2012 4:1 | 0 replies

but MC do you not think that as women we should be inside our clothes if we want to make a point we can be taken serious on? Even in the work place there is a specific dress code for a specif reason, to prevent possibilities of being misunderstood, I don't think we as women are doing ourselves any justice by dressing in mini's and trying to force men to respect us, we need instead to have social projects geared and educating men/boys or society about impact of sex crime, this can be done whilst in our clothes. Also SA is a diverse society where certain dress code is not acceptable this should be taken into account, where this scantily dressed protest originated from there is ONLY ONE culture iro dress code and that is liberal here we have tribal/religion etc dictates on how a woman should dress,

I also think that the gov is either lazy or has no ability to put projects together for sexual violence awareness which in some cases leads to femicide or pedophilia. This to me is an easy way out by this minister of doing nothing to advance cause of women and children and disabled persons, she is selling us short and for the money (salary) she gets we should demand more from her.

Feb 17, 2012 3:57 | 0 replies

@MommaC
What is wrong with some of the men in this country? Gays scare them, Women scare them, Miniskirts scare them. What a bunch of woosies.

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you never cease to amaze me...spot on, MommaC!!

Feb 17, 2012 3:54 | 0 replies

we want more photos.
Was the march successful? I dont hear Sowetan reporting about the success of the march

Feb 17, 2012 3:52 | 0 replies

Minister wearing a mini, with her stretch marks thighs, what a Turn-off.

Feb 17, 2012 3:50 | 0 replies