On 5 July 2020, during an announcement on the easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Femicide as the second pandemic to hit South Africa. Today, 10 December, marks the end of the UNs 16 days of activism against GBV.

At the time of this announcement, our President commented that the pandemic had left us all feeling vulnerable and uncertain, but the brutality with which the violence was being unleashed on women and children defied comprehension. At the time he named 21 people who had been killed during the lockdown period and pointed out that their rapists and killers were walking among us, in our communities. He reminded us chillingly that they were our fathers, our brothers, our sons and our friends - all violent men with utterly no regard for the sanctity of human life.

Taking the lead from him, we have attempted to compile a list of the names of women and children who have been fatal victims of this shameful scourge in 2020, and list them here:

Agnes Ndlovu (Dlamini)
Akhona Gumede
Akhona Mncube
Alexia Nyamadzawo
Allison Plaatjies
Altecia Kortjie
Amahle Quku
Amanda Mila
Asalinto Lumkwana
Asithandile “Kwasa Zozo” Lugalo
Bathabile Phohlo
Beauty Siamisang
Boipelo Sesele
Bokamosa Blessing Mpembe
Botshelo Motsomi
Bridgenay Slingers
Carly Isaacs
Caroline Chennai Mubvakure
Caylinn Links
Chantal Kershaw
Clarissa Lindoor
Dumiso Innocent Manzin
Ebenezer Ndebele
Edwina Bolosha
Evelyn de Kock
Evelyn Nkanyane
Faith Milwana
Frances Carter
Fundiswa Mapukata
Grace Mudau
Hettie Deacon
Hlengiwe Msimango
Hlengiwe Ndaba
Hlengiwe Vilakazi
Inathi Mhlahlo
Jacy-Lee Martin
Jayshree Singh
Jessica Weyers
Jocelyn Classen
Juanitia Willemse
Juliette Dakada
Kagiso Kale
Kavitha Nerputh
Kgaogelo Shai
Kgothatso Pule
Khulekani Shabalala
Lerato Moloi
Les Olivier
Khulukazi Amanda Ndlovu
Kutlwano Masilo
Kwasa Lugalo
Lesedi Mokgosi
Lettie Deacon
Lindelwa Peni
Lunamandla Sithonga
Mabareki Carlifonia Molamodi
Mahejeen Patel
Makoena Mabusele-Leshabane
Minenhle Mhlongo
Mishay Pienaar
Mpharwane Makumane
Ms Davie
Mzwandile Zitho
Naledi Phangindawo
Natasha Conabeer
Ncomeka Tenyane
Nelisiwe Dube
Nkosiphile Nkambule
Noloyiso Gengqa
Nolundi Dondolo
Nomfazi Gabada
Nompumelelo Tshaka
Nomvula “Juba” Buthelezi
Nomvuzo Atoll
Nosipho Gumede
Nqabisa Makalathi Nolitha
Nthabiseng Mafereka
Ntuthuko Dlamini
Ntwanano Shisana
Nwabisa Mgwandela,
Nwabiswa Mthumeni
Petula Williams
Phumeza Pepeta
Phumza Sikada
Raynecia Kortjie
Reagan Gertse
Sanelisiwe Mfaba
Sanelisiwe Mhlonga
Sanjay Borman
Sefora Tjobo
Shanice Jonathan
Sibahle Mkhize
Sibongiseni Gabada
Tebogo Mabunda
Tebogo Mphuti
Thandeka Mdeliswa,
Themba Nkumbi
Tshegofatso Pule
Willemiena Williams
Zama Chiliza
Zameka Mfubusi

To our dismay there were a further 44 women described as "unknown" who were variously raped, murdered, stabbed, mutilated....

This is a struggle we cannot let go of.