JOHANNESBURG - Parliament will convene an urgent joint sitting to discuss gender-based violence on Tuesday.
It follows a spate of deadly attacks against women and children in many parts of the country.
President Cyril Ramaphosa called for a joint sitting of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces.
Ramaphosa says the country's approach to violence perpetrated against women has changed fundamentally.
Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets nationwide to demand urgent action following the attacks.
The President assured protesters that the government will take harsher action against perpetrators.
Meanwhile, recent incidents of gender-based violence have ignited calls to start educating men while they are still young about the issue.
'Boys need mentors and coaches and if you look at the trends around the world, almost 90% of boys grow up without fathers and positive role models so that means they are totally on their own", said Charley Petersen from the Growing Up Without a Father Foundation.
Petersen says boys need mentorship and education while they are young to combat gender-based and sexual violence.