Survivor SA 2019 winner, Rob Bentele, has ventured into the tech space and developed an app aimed at fighting gender-based violence (GBV). The app, Eyerus, is set to be launched this week on 2 December just in time for 16 Days of Activism. The app has already gotten the thumbs-up from Zulu King, King Misuzulu.
ROB BENTELE’S EYERUS
According to its website, Eyerus was created to solve one of South Africa’s biggest social issues, gender-based violence. The app is described as “an automated algorithm” that provides safety and freedom.
Speaking to Drum, Rob Bentele explained that the app is a way to assist victims of gender-based violence and help get perpetrators behind bars.
He explained that the app is free to use and users will only need data if they are interested in the full package.
“It was very important not to exclude any group of the population because we cannot say without data we will let you die. To activate the full package is R60 per person, per month.”
HOW IT WORKS
The app works in four different modes and allows you to indicate how safe or unsafe you feel wherever you are.
Green alert mode: This indicates that you are safe.
Red alert mode: This mode will alert your guardians that you have assigned, activate live video streaming and share your location with them.
Amber alert mode: This mode will activate audio recording and share your live location with your guardians.
Blue alert mode: This mode alerts armed emergency responders.
Bentele also mentioned that there is a check-in feature that you can set to check in on you at regular intervals.
ENDORSED BY KING MISIUZULU
Bentele’s app Eyerus, has been endorsed by King Misuzulu Zulu that left him feeling honoured. “His Majesty is very optimistic about Eyerus being the game-changer in this fight,” he added.
“As a Zulu man, I know how important it is to get blessings fom inkosi.”
The app will officially be launched on 2 December and it will be available for download from early February.