Press Releases

South Africa will observe five days of remembrance from 25–29 November 2020 for victims of COVID-19, gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF). During this period, the national flag will be flown at half-mast throughout the country and all South Africans are encouraged to wear a black armband or related sign to show respect for those who have departed. The remembrance period will also be used to encourage South Africans to play their part in the fight against gender-based violence and femicide as well as COVID-19.

The government is sending condolences to the families and friends who lost their loved ones to COVID-19 or gender-based violence and femicide, stating, "Let us honour the victims in a meaningful way by ensuring that we adhere to lockdown restrictions and report perpetrators of gender-based violence and femicide to the police".

President Ramaphosa will launch the event on 25 November 2020 with the President’s GBVF dialogue at 17:00- 19:30.