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‘Am I Next’ protests: South Africans push to renew fight against rape

Johane Gumede, a university student, carries a placard of Uyinene Mrwetyana, whose rape and murder in August spurred a wave of protests, during a demonstration at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Sept. 13, 2019. Source: Ryan Lenora Brown/Christian Science Monitor

Before she was a hashtag, before she was a rallying cry, before she was the reason for candlelight vigils and presidential promises and protesters facing down tear gas, the most striking thing about Uyinene Mrwetyana was just how ordinary she seemed.

In the days after the brutal rape and murder of the 19-year-old University of Cape Town student inside a suburban post office in late August, photos and videos of Ms. Mrwetyana circulated widely on social media. They captured an effervescent teenager, flashing a wide-brimmed smile as she posed at the beach, on mountaintops, and behind her smartphone in

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