Local football players and coaches have joined hands and challenged men to act in the wake of the spate of violence and abuse against women that has sparked anger in the country following the death of University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana.
The UCT student was raped and murdered in Cape Town last week after visiting a Post Office, and a worker at the postal service has since appeared in the Wynberg Magistrates Court in connection with the crime.
PSL club Cape Town City have released a statement indicating they will use their next Absa Premiership game against Golden Arrows at Cape Town Stadium on September 22 to honour the memory of the slain teenager.
"It is with horror and sadness that we learn of the passing of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana,” City posted on their social media channels on Monday.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with all during this time. The club will play its next home game in Cape Town in honour of her memory."
Former Platinum Stars and Bidvest Wits defender Vuyo Mere has since urged men to take a stand against women abuse and violence.
"Growing up without a mother or sister or not having a female companion in your life doesn't give you the right or excuse to treat women badly," said Mere.
"Women deserve respect like any other being. Women play such a vital role in our lives and we need to stop treating them like sex objects. To all real brothers, let's take a stand against males that hurt our lovely mothers, sisters, girlfriends and wives. Enough is enough."
Orlando Pirates development coach Augusto Palacios echoed Mere's sentiment.
"South African men must stand up and do better and make our society better. Women in our country should not be asking #AmINext. Violence against our women and children is not acceptable. Stop the anger, stop the hatred, stop the abuse," said 'Njenje'.
Polokwane City midfielder Edgar Manaka also called on men to protect women and children against any form of abuse.
"I urge all men to stand up against women and children abuse. No to women abuse. Women are being abused and raped by people who should protect them and as men we should stand up and say enough is enough."
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