Johannesburg – National flags will fly at half-mast from Wednesday as the country marks five days of mourning to remember and honour victims of Covid-19, gender-based violence (GBV) and femicide.
South Africans have been urged to participate by wearing attire and ornaments which symbolise mourning based on their culture, tradition and religious beliefs.
On Wednesday morning, deputy-president David Mabuza was at the Union Buildings where he launched the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.
“Our response to gander-based violence and femicide must be emphatic and uncompromising. It is a commitment of government, civil society formations, and all other social partners to work together towards a sustained programme of action to curb GBV and femicide,” said Mabuza.
The deputy president said society should do more to make sure women and children are protected.
“The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children should be about concrete and tangible progress to end violence against women and children. It should never be just a simple annual ritual in our calendar of events,” Mabuza said.