South Africa has the continent's highest Covid-19 cases. Now it has another pandemic on its hands

People of the Eersterust community during the Stop Violence Against Women March on June 16, 2020 in Pretoria, South Africa.

(CNN)Early on Sunday morning, the mutilated body of a 42-year-old woman was found in Eersterust, a middle-class township in Pretoria, South Africa.

Two days earlier, residents in the Soweto township of Johannesburg discovered the body of another young woman under a tree. And just over a week ago, a heavily pregnant 28-year-old was found hanging from a tree on the outskirts of Johannesburg.
The three women were among the latest victims in a surge of violence against women in South Africa which the country's president has described as a "pandemic.
    Tshegofatso Pule was heavily pregnant when her mutilated body was found hanging from a tree