On 30 January 2019, Zimbabwe's social media was awash with hashtags such as #BlackWednesday, #iSpeakForSis where various individuals and organisations decided to stand against numerous reports on rape and sexual violence that have been reported in our country over the past two weeks.
The events saw some people losing their lives and many getting injured as the security forces battled to quell uprisings triggered by the announcement of a 150% increase in fuel prices by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Apart from the shootings and the assaults, there were allegations of rape by so-called ‘rogue uniformed forces’. The ruling party blamed the MDC Alliance and its affiliates, human rights organisation and Non-Governmental Organisations for abusing social media platforms and using these to instigate protest against the ruling government.

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