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South African Protests Spread to Cape Town Over Murders of Women

  • Protesters block entrance to World Economic Forum in Cape Town
  • Demonstration triggered by killing of 19-year-old student
Protestors demonstrate outside the venue of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, on Sept. 4.

Protestors demonstrate outside the venue of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, on Sept. 4.

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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Hundreds of demonstrators protesting South Africa’s high rate of violence against women blocked the entrance to the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town as the event got under way on Wednesday.

The protest was triggered by the murder last week of 19-year-old University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana -- one of the regular incidents of femicide in a nation notorious for its grim crime statistics. A woman is murdered every three hours in South Africa, according to police data.