By CityLife Arts Writer
On Thursday, 2 December 2021 morning a throng of journalists, government officials, civil groups and activists gathered at Empire in Parktown at the launch of Eyerus – an app designed to combat contact crime. Founded by TV Personality Robert Bentele and endorsed by new AmaZulu King, His Majesty Misuzulu Ka Zwelithini, the app is the solution we have all been waiting for.
With a panel of intersecting activists from various sectors: Rosie Motene, Dr Khumoetsile Moetse, Nomsa Mazwaiand Katlego Rasebitse. The panel discussion was facilitated by seasoned moderator Nozipho Tshabalala.
The first of its kind app is going to be a game changer and make it safer for everyone. In light of 16 days of activism Eyerus app is set to spark conversations about the scourge of abuse towards women, children and the LGBTQIA+ community as well as holding perpetrators accountable.
Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu joined the launch via zoom and pledged her support for Eyerus. In her speech she mentioned that “We should not be proud that this is still a conversation that we have to have” concludes Lindiwe.
His majesty King Misuzulu ka Zwelithini mentioned that the app is going to be a massive innovation in fighting gender-based violence against women and children.
Eyerus is an internationally patented automated algorithm mobile app, designed to provide users with personal safety and security services in the palm of their hands. The app is a gateway to combat contact crime and provide social protection for all, especially women and members of the LGBTIQ+ community who are the most marginalized in South Africa.
Founded by Rob Bentele, winner of Survivor SA 2019, Eyerus is your ultimate personal safety companion: “After winning Survivor, there was a lot of expectation for me to pursue a career in entertainment which was appealing but I’ve always been more about positive social change. I am solutions-driven and that’s just how my mind works. I was set on finding the solution to this scourge of gender-based violence and that is how Eyerus was born.
Eyerusis an automated algorithm whose sole mandate is to keep you safe at all times. No person can promise to keep an eye on you 24/7, but a program can,” explains Rob Bentele, group CEO.
Eyerus enables you to indicate how safe or unsafe you feel in your current surroundings through the use of four safety status modes. The safety modes are GREEN ALERT MODE (safe and sound), AMBER ALERT MODE (Live Audio Stream) Red ALERT MODE (Live Video Streaming) and BLUE ALERT MODE (Armed Emergency personnel dispatched). All evidence captured is instantly stored on a secure cloud as well as live streamed to your guardians in real time. Using features like the check in system, Eyerus will automatically detect if you’ve been drugged, unconscious or incapacitated. You literally don’t have to do anything, Eyerus will handle the situation on your behalf.
Now more than ever South Africans are looking for a solution to the staggering contact crime numbers and Eyerus is just that.
The app will be launching early next year.