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At #TheTotalShutdown march, womxn and gender non-conforming individuals took to the streets of South Africa in protest of gender-based violence. What started as a conversation online quickly turned into a movement that saw people performing their rage and demanding for change.

#TheTotalShutdown demands

In addition to marching, we delivered a 24 point memorandum to Parliament and President Cyril Ramaphosa. While the Cape Town march was peaceful, the same cannot be said for those who marched in Gauteng. At the end of the march, the situation turned violent when marchers refused to leave and were subsequently beaten and pepper sprayed by officers. The irony of #TheTotalShutdown marchers protesting gender-based violence and being met with violence is no surprise. However, it only shows how much work South Africa needs to undertake to ensure democracy and freedom for all.