Smile 90.4 FM is heeding the call to observe Five Days of Mourning, from 25 to 29 November 2020, to remember the victims of Gender Based Violence and COVID-19.
During President Cyril Ramaphosa most recent address to the nation he urged all South Africans to wear black armbands or other signs of mourning during the five days “to signify our respect for those who have departed.”
“We call upon all South Africans to demonstrate their solidarity and do this in remembrance of our countrymen and women, in recognition of the grief that we share as a nation, and as an affirmation of our determination to overcome this devastating disease.”
The mourning period will coincide with the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence that are commemorated from 25 November to 10 December each year.
“It will be appropriate that during the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children – which is the second pandemic we are confronting – we demonstrate our remembrance of all those who have departed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and gender-based violence,” Ramaphosa said.
All national flags will fly at half-mast during the five days.
Listen to Smile 90.4 FM News between 25 and 29 November as we remember those who have succumbed to Covid-19 and Gender Based Violence; and as we honour the sacrifices made by our healthcare workers who showed up when we couldn’t.
Show your respect, wear a black armband, and stay safe.
Listen to Ramaphosa’s full message on the five days of mourning below:
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) November 23, 2020