The government will look more closely at crimes against women, President Thabo Mbeki told a Women's Day gathering in Kimberley yesterday.
Mbeki said government and the presidential women's working group had agreed to look at the issue in a "more detailed and specific fashion".
"We will ask the police to prepare a detailed presentation on violence against women, including where it is mostly affecting them, whether in their homes, entertainment areas, places of work and elsewhere".
Addressing thousands at Galeshewe Stadium, Mbeki made no mention of his dismissal of Deputy Health Minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge on the eve of Women's Day.
Mbeki said education of girls should get family attention and not be left to the school system.
"We believe the family unit must play a critical role in the education and upbringing of girls and young women," said Mbeki. - Sapa