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#TheTotalShutdown MEDIA STATEMENT
13 September 2018.  Police stats 2017/2018: increase in murder rates & sexual offences. The increase in the murder rate of womxn and children, including the increase in sexual offences in the 2017/18 financial year as announced by the South African Police Service (SAPS), is proof that South Africa is in a crisis and our safety is not guaranteed.

#TheTotalShutdown TO WOMXN & GENDER NON-CONFORMING PEOPLE
16 August 2018 To the womxn and gender non-conforming (GNC) people of South Africa. We would like to thank every single one of you that marched on 1 August, those who were in solidarity with us, and all task teams and NGO’s that went beyond the call of duty and put everything aside to make this movement.

#TheTotalShutdown SUMMARY: MEMORANDUM OF DEMANDS
01 August 2018.  This document sets out our list of demands to the state. It’s an initial set of of twenty four demands that represent each year that the state has failed to ensure our right to be free from violence since the establishment of our constitutional democracy.

#TheTotalShutdown REGIONAL MARCHES TIMETABLE
29 July 2018. We are constantly updating this timetable, please keep an eye out here to find out what the latest adjustments are.

#TheTotalShutdown MEDIA ADVISORY
25 July 2018. Members of the media are invited to a press briefing that will outline the national plan for 01 August 2018. At the briefing, we will also release the framework of the demands that will be handed over to the President at the Union buildings, the Speaker of Parliament in Cape Town and to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein. The NGO sector will also be present to give their messages of support to the movement.

#TheTotalShutdown  PROTEST ACTION PLAN
20 July 2018. 01 August Protest Action. On the 1st of August, kicking off the start of Women’s Month in South Africa, intersectional women from all corners of the country and beyond are asked to participate in protest action against Gender-Based Violence.

#TheTotalShutdown PRESS RELEASE
13 July 2018. National Shut Down Against Gender-Based Violence. Over the past month, women and gender non-conforming (GNC) people across Southern Africa, including South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia, and across the diaspora have been mobilising to shut their countries down on 1 August 2018 in protest against gender-based violence (GBV).

IN THE NEWS

BUSINESS DAY
10 AUGUST 2018. Gender struggle: feminists should embrace intersectional power. Protests show that a shift in thinking about gender is paramount. An opinion piece by Theto Mahlakoana.

702 Bongani Bingwa Comments
10 August 2018. No more platitudes, don’t tell me about Gender Summit because as we know talk is cheap

702 Midday Report with Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile and Siyabulela Jentile
09 August 2018. Women’s Day: ‘No cause to celebrate while women are killed every 4 hours?’

702 Bongani Bingwa speaks to Sophie de Bruyn and Judge Margie Victor
09 August 2018. ‘Women of 1956 would be sad, they didn’t march for what we see now in society’.

702 Africa Melane speaks to ANCWL Young Women’s Desk and more …
09 August 2018. ‘ANCWL is championing women’s rights and they are doing enough’

#CVJOURNO STUDENTS
08 Aug 2018. #TheTotalShutdown march.

THE DAILY VOX
07 August 2018. Total Shutdown Organisers: We Will Not Be Intimidated Or Distracted.

CITY PRESS
07 August 2018. Case closed: Organisers of Total Shutdown march ‘did not transgress’.

MAIL & GUARDIAN
06 August 2018. Cops drop charges against #TheTotalShutDown GP.

DISPATCH LIVE
06 August 2018. Rhodes shuts down after death of Khensani Maseko.

THE OPPIDAN PRESS
06 Aug 2018. #TheTotalShutdown March-Makhanda.

EYEWITNESS NEWS
02 Aug 2018. #TotalShutdown: GP women take on patriarchy, police & the president.

POLITY
02 August 2018. Government wishes to thank the organisers and all the women who participated in today’s peaceful TotalShutdown Intersectional March from the Pretoria city centre to the Southern Lawns in the Union Building.

JOBURGTV
02 August 2018. #TotalShutDown Women’s March to Union Buildings Pretoria 1 August 2018.

DAILY MAVERICK
02 August 2018. How neo-liberal protests cause damage to the very women they claim to fight for.  An Intersectional Protest? I beg to differ… Opinion piece by Lara Reddy.

SABC DIGITAL NEWS
01 August 2018.
3) President Ramaphosa meets #TotalShutdown marchers at Union Buildings
2) #TotalShutdown: Marchers in Pretoria demand to hand over their memo to the president
1) #TheTotalShutdown march – Pretoria

ESTABLISHED AFRICA
01 Aug 2018. #TheTotalShutdown The Total Shutdown (Cape Town)

TIMES LIVE
01 August 2018. Total Shutdown organisers lament Ramaphosa no-show as they descend on the Union Buildings.

ALGOA FM
01 August 2018. Buffalo City mayor’s bodyguard leaves Total Shutdown activists furious.

702 Bongani Bingwa speaks to Loyiso Saliso, one of the National Organisers of #TotalShutDown.
01 August 2018. Men told to stay away from the #TotalShutDown

CAPE TALK Kieno Kammies speaks to Nozi Samela Spokesperson for Western Cape #TheTotalShutdown
01 August 2018. Call for women to join the #TotalShutdown march against gender based violence.

POWER FM 98.7 Power Talk Iman Rappetti speaks with Precious Banda
01 August 2018. ANCWL insists no animosity with #TheTotalShutdown movement.

POWER FM 98.7 Power Lunch speaks with #TheTotalShutdown (Lesotho & South Africa)
31 July 2018. #TotalShutDown Gaining Momentum In Neighbouring Countries

NEWS24
26 July 2018. ‘We are wearing fear like a second skin,’ – women ahead of #TotalShutdown protest. “Enough is enough. We are now taking control.” This was the message from women and gender non-conforming (GNC) people on Thursday as they prepared to embark on mass protests against gender-based violence across the country.

POWERFM897
25 July 2018. Power Zone with Nolwazi Tusini. Interview with Phindile Morgets of #TheTotalShutdown.

THE JOURNALIST
24 July 2018. My body, not your crime scene. Women from across sectors aim to shut down the country on 1 August 2018. The Total Shutdown is a collective of women and gender non-conforming people who will be organising protests across all nine provinces – as well as in Lesotho, Botswana and Swaziland on the same day.

POLITICSWEB
22 July 2018Working class movement must be independent – SAFTU. The Summit declared its unreserved solidarity with the Total Shutdown Campaign and adopted as its own the programs, campaign and demands of the campaign.

THE CITIZEN
17 July 2018, ANCWL won’t join total shutdown march against woman abuse

BROWNSENSE MAGAZINE
13 July 2018,  Issue #4, page 11 #TheTotalShutdown. Q&A with Mandisa Khanyile, Rev. June Major tells her story, Thembi talks about her cousin’s murder at the hands of her boyfriend, and Ntsiki Skosana talks about transgender lives.

GAYSA RADIO
Recorded 11 July 2018. The Gay Agenda with Ditshego “Fudge” Ditshego. Interview with Ntsiki Skosana of #TheTotalShutdown.

CITY PRESS
10 July 2018You’re marching against yourselves. #TheTotalShutdown @WomenProtestSA respond to the 100 Men March organised by government.

RADIO METRO FM TALK
21 June 2018, Talk with Kgopedi. Interview with Loyiso Saliso of #TheTotalShutdown.

RADIO KAYA FM
19 June 2018
, Uncaptured. Interview with Loyiso Soliso of #TheTotalShutdown.

RADIO CAPE TALK
13 June 2018, The Koketso Sachane Show. Interview with Lesley Ncube of #TheTotalShutdown.

RADIO 702
11 June 2018, Azania Mosaka. Interview with Lesley Ncube of #TheTotalShutdown.