Durban - President Cyril Ramaphosa told the South African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union national congress under way in Durban that a joint sitting of Parliament on Wednesday will look at gender-based violence and violence against foreign nationals.
"These past three weeks have raised the spectre of gender-based violence to the highest levels, as well as attacks on foreign nationals. "We must get involved in a campaign against gender-based violence and sexual violence. SA women fear walking down the street. This is a serious indictment on us as men and on us as a government. We will do better in this regards."
Ramaphosa on Monday again pledged to train police to deal better with gender-based violence.
"We will create centres of refuge for women who need a place of safety... strengthen laws and the criminal justice system to make a tangible difference in how people will be prosecuted."
He called for a raising of the level of consciousness "amongst us as men that we need to treat our women with respect. We must take active steps to socialise ourselves and move away from the backward patriarchal attitudes.This requires that the men of this country must stand up and say not in our name. We can condemn in the strongest possible terms the acts of violence against women and children".