My Fellow South Africans,
Our nation is in mourning and pain.
Over the past few days, our country has been deeply traumatised by acts of extreme violence perpetrated by men against women and children.
These acts of violence have made us doubt the very foundation of our democratic society, our commitment to human rights and human dignity, to equality, to peace and to justice.
As we have done before in times of great difficulty and strife, this is the time to come together as a nation to confront our problems directly.
The nation is mourning the deaths of several women and girls who were murdered by men.
Photo credit: GCIS
Research conducted on Femicide and Child homicide by the Gender & Health Research Unit of the SAMRC