The top trending clip this week is of local musician and businessman, Martin Morocky, famously known as King Tee Dee, formerly The Dogg, who was told to return to his house at a sexual gender-based violence protest held at the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court this week.
A group of demonstrators didn’t want the award-winning musician to be there because he had delayed pitching up. “So you can come now at this time to take your photos but not the previous days,” urged one protester to which King Tee Dee replied he was preoccupied.
He further went on to ask what the real issues were and the same protester said he came too late and came to take pictures with other people’s signs. He immediately apologised for being late but was told he’d better not come to the protest for clout (looking for attention to post on social media for likes and shares).
Accompanied by Maria Nepembe, KP Illest and Skrypt, King Tee Dee had a dialogue with the protesters and asked if they were with or against him, to which they asked if he was for them. “I am for you, that’s why I am here,” he replied.
A lot of Namibian celebrities and influencers have been called out for not fully supporting the cause and the protesters feel they have a lot of influence to be able to reach out to the masses through their advocacy and being the voice of the voiceless.
The clip has raked in close to 50 000 views on Facebook and Twitter. Although several personalities have come forward in solidarity for the cause, those who have been normally vocal and are expected to be at the forefront have not said anything.
The #ShutItAllDown is a wave of ongoing gender-based violence protests across Namibia aimed at stopping the spread of rape and killing of women.
The protests, which began on 6 October, followed the killing of 22-year-old Shannon Wasserfall whose remains were reportedly found buried in a shallow grave in Narraville, Walvis Bay, six months after she went missing in the town at Kuisebmond township. -email@example.com