South Africa to hold 5 days of mourning for people who have died from COVID-19 and gender-based violence
According to local media reports, the Minister of Justice and Prisons Ronald Ramora said that South Africa’s cabinet decided after this week’s regular meeting that it would hold a five-day mourning from November 25 to November 29, with all flags flying at half-mast to commemorate those who have died of COVID-19 and gender-based violence.
Ramora also said that in order to commemorate and remember those who died, the government encourages all citizens to wear clothing and decorations symbolizing mourning according to their culture, traditions and religious beliefs.
According to the latest statistics, a total of 757,144 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed and 20,556 deaths have occurred in South Africa. In addition, although the number of reported sexual crimes decreased between July and September, violence against women and minors remained frequent. President Ramaphosa has previously said that South Africa faces a double disaster, one is the COVID-19 epidemic, and the other is violence against women and minors.