Unfortunately, the suppression of functional fear and adoption of a posture of fearlessness puts at them at increased of deadly violence or killing others. Prominent female activists like Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi continued to leave the country and go into exile. In general, all racial and ethnic groups in South Africa have long-standing beliefs concerning gender roles, and most are based on the premise that women in South Africa are less important, or less deserving of power, than men.
One of the main organizers was Ma-Dhlamini who was reputed to be in the forefront of all the demonstrations. However, as with the rest of the world, women's wages were lower than men's even for the same job,positions normally held by women had long hours and few benefits,e. In retaliation the traders had the police charge women who forcibly removed goods that anyone tried to purchase from the stores thus breaking the boycott.