Ramaphosa calls for urgent parliament sitting to deal with gender-based violence


President Cyril Ramaphosa has summoned the two houses of parliament, the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces, to an emergency sitting on Wednesday to tackle gender-based violence.

In letter sent to National Assembly speaker Thandi Modise and NCOP chairperson Amos Masondo on Thursday, seen by TimesLIVE, Ramaphosa said the urgent sitting of parliament has been convened in terms of section 84 of the constitution.

Ramaphosa told parliament’s two presiding officers that the manner in which the country dealt with violence against women had “changed fundamentally” in the past fortnight.

He said the events of the past two weeks, in which scores of women died at the hands of men purporting to love them, while others were killed and raped at government service points, should be treated as “a turning point” in the battle against violence against women.

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