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)
Asithandile “Kwasa Zozo” Lugalo
Bokamosa Blessing Mpembe
Caroline Chennai Mubvakure
Dumiso Innocent Manzin
Evelyn de Kock
Khulukazi Amanda Ndlovu
Mabareki Carlifonia Molamodi
Nomvula “Juba” Buthelezi
Nqabisa Makalathi Nolitha
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.