Following the brutal slaying of the much loved Anthea Thopps, the community of Beaufort West brought the N1 to a standstill, in a show of anger and frustration.
The march was against the murder and abuse of women and children; and was scheduled to take place at 10:00am on Friday (26 July).
By 09:30am however, the marchers had already positioned themselves along the N1, ready to walk into town and deliver their message to the local police station.
Traffic along the N1 had come to a halt and a line of trucks and cars could be seen waiting patiently for the community to express themselves.
A leader of the march made it clear that it was not about political parties, but about the community.
He also pointed out that this was a peaceful march, and criminals wanting to use the march to break into stores and steal, would not be tolerated.
Arriving at the police station, police had been stationed outside to prevent the marchers from gaining entry.
They also filmed the marchers, the reason for which was not clear.
One of the organisers suggested that the community was gathered to help the police, but a community member yelled out angrily, “As hulle hulle werk gedoen het, dan sal die dinge nie gebeur het nie”.
The organisers read out a list of demands, which included keeping the police stations open 24/7.
At this point, it is not clear which actions the police has taken to find the criminal(s) or whether they have any suspects.
See below for pictures:
Along the N1, Walking Towards Town Centre
Moving Towards the Police Station