Ramaphosa calls joint sitting of Parliament on violence against women

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa has called a joint sitting of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces to discuss a new approach to combatting violence against women, a parliamentary statement said on Friday.

The speaker, Thandi Modise and chairperson of the the National Council of Provinces Amos Masondo have received the letter about the sitting on Wednesday nest week, the statement said.

Ramaphosa said that all South Africans were responsible for ensuring that the incidences of violence against women in the past two weeks should mark the turning point in the fight against gender-based violence.

Crime statistics released this week showed an increase in violence in the country, which included increases in sexual offences, such as, rape and other violence against women.

“Section 84 (2) (d) of the Constitution and Rule 7 (1) (b) of the Joint Rules of the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces empower the President to call an extraordinary sitting of the two Houses of Parliament to conduct extraordinary special business,” the statement said.

“As the National Council of Provinces is scheduled for a week-long Provincial Week oversight programme in all nine provinces next week, it is anticipated that its Wednesday programme will be suspended to enable delegates to be part of the joint sitting.”