The 16 days of activism against children and women abuse campaign has ended.
The campaign highlighted the plight of women who are not safe in the streets, at work and, worst of all, at home.
Women and children are often killed by their relatives and husbands as family murders become a popular instrument to solve problems.
Activists are trying to educate men and women about the trauma of violence against their loved ones and against strangers.
Hopefully the slogans will translate into action in future.
Women are seen as second- class citizens in a patriarchal society which has long condoned domestic violence.
The scourge of this sick tendency in our community has destroyed families and turned children into orphans.
The most frightening violence is that perpetrated by serial killers in South Africa.
Moses Sithole, the Nasrec killer and the sugar-cane killers all used the possibility of jobs to lure women to their deaths.
The latest predator, Mongezi Jingxela, also used this modus operandi to rape and taunt scores of women.
It is surprising that women still fall for this ruse. They cannot surely still believe that perfect strangers will give them work.
Jobs are scarce in South Africa but women should be cautious about jobs that are offered at taxi ranks and bus stops. They are but a step away from death.