Dozens of people gathered opposite the Joseph Stone Auditorium in Athlone on Thursday night for a prayer service for the young women and girls who were murdered in recent weeks.
Those who were remembered were Denushe Witbooi, Meghan Cremer, Uyinene Mrwetyana, Jesse Hess, Leighandre Jegels, Janika Mallo and Lynnette Volschenk.
The event coincided with protests thousands of South Africans held, which started on Wednesday. A large crowd of people gathered outside Parliament for the second day of protests on Thursday, calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to take action. The protests continued on Friday.
In Athlone, mourning relatives, friends and supporters held candles bearing the names and photographs of the murdered women. Some messages and posters read: "Remembering our children", "Stop rape, murder" and "No means no".
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