In Pictures | Making a stand

New Frame photojournalists witness a lockdown funeral, the demolition of a home, rising solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the careful return of worship in places of faith.

South Africa has long passed the twin, grim milestones of 100 000 infections and 2 000 Covid-19 deaths. More than 100 people a day died from the coronavirus on two consecutive days this week, falling to 87 deaths on Thursday 25 June. More than 6 500 additional cases were confirmed overnight.

As lockdown restrictions have eased to allow life, work, school and worship to resume, the virus has spread.

The changing tides in the United States are having a ripple effect in South Africa, where the lowering of restrictions to level three has seen the return of crime, particularly violent crime against women. This was already a pandemic in South Africa long before the coronavirus arrived. 

We will lose more people to Covid-19 and gender-based violence in South Africa. Both will require permanent social change to truly be eradicated.

20 June 2020: Residents stand across the road from where Ginola Phillips was building his house in Hout Bay. A week after the police first demolished it, he rebuilt his home with the help of community members and moved in. The police then demolished it for a second time, resulting in another standoff between residents and the police, during which the adjacent crèche burnt down. Residents say the owner of the crèche was the one pushing for the demolitions. (Photograph by Barry Christianson)
14 June 2020: Members of Black Lives Matter Solidarity South Africa gather for a vigil at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg to support worldwide protests against the killing of black people at the hands of police and security forces after the death of George Floyd in the United States. (Photograph by James Puttick)
21 June 2020: Fifty members of Jireh Ministries in Eldorado Park had to book online prior to attending a church service conducted by Gary Lemont. (Photograph by Oupa Nkosi)
23 June 2020: Face masks on the statue of a mother and child outside the Bree Taxi Rank in Johannesburg’s inner city. (Photograph by James Puttick)
24 June 2020: The Fati Beauty World Hair Salon in Joburg’s inner city has opened its doors for business again as Covid-19 lockdown restrictions ease. Owner Charles Dube expressed relief that he and his staff are able to start earning again, even though business has been slow since the salon reopened. (Photograph by James Puttick)
16 June 2020: Women and some men march to the Roodepoort Police Station after the murder of Tshegofatso Pule. (Photograph by Oupa Nkosi)
16 June 2020: Protesters march to the Roodepoort Police Station with placards demanding justice for Tshegofatso Pule and her unborn baby. (Photograph by Oupa Nkosi)
21 June 2020: Paul Beukes hands communion to a parishioner through their car window at the Rivonia Catholic Church in Johannesburg. The church provides the drive-through communion service after live streaming the church service via YouTube every Sunday to minimise the risk of spreading the coronavirus. (Photograph by James Puttick)
21 June 2020: Some of the 50 congregants who were able to attend a church service at Jireh Ministries in Eldorado Park by prebooking their seats. (Photograph by Oupa Nkosi)
21 June 2020: Jireh Ministries has come up with innovative ways of adhering to Covid-19 lockdown regulations. Each person has to register their details, and be screened and sanitised before entering the premises. (Photograph by Oupa Nkosi)
21 June 2020: There is a live stream for those who cannot attend a Jireh Ministries service in person while congregations are limited to 50 people under lockdown regulations. The church uses WhatsApp or SMS text messages and Zoom video technology to communicate with the rest of its congregants. (Photograph by Oupa Nkosi)
23 June 2020. A disposable surgical face mask lies in a gutter in Johannesburg. Environmentalists have expressed concern that these single-use, plastic-based and liquid-resistant products have a long afterlife, which is already leading to alarming accumulations in landfills and oceans. (Photograph by James Puttick)
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