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Johannesburg - All eyes will be on South Africa during the UN conference on the status of women early next month, following the trial of celebrity paralympian Oscar Pistorius, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) said on Tuesday.

"United Nation Resolution 1325 as promulgated calls for peace in our homes and the world and Pistorius's case won't be making matters easier for the delegation," the CGE said.

In one of the conference side events, the CGE would be dealing with issues pertaining to gender-based violence, and said that "questions are bound to be asked about the violent nature of our society".

"[The CGE] calls upon South Africans across all races, class and gender to 'wake up' and truly address the underlying factors that see an upsurge in violence crimes in South Africa," it said.

Gender-based violence affected everyone, hence it was not only the responsibility of women or men but both women and men alike.

The CGE extended its deepest sympathies to the family of Reeva Steenkamp and said it would continue to monitor the Pistorius case.

Pistorius was arrested last Thursday morning after Steenkamp, his girlfriend, was shot dead at his home in Silver Woods country estate, in Pretoria. He was charged with murder on Friday.

His bail application started in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday and would resume on Wednesday. Steenkamp was cremated in a private ceremony in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday

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