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Protest against 'corrective rape'

By Michael Nkalane | Jan 06, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 28 ]

THE Justice Ministry has been flooded with e-mails from the South African Anti-Rape Activists Petitioning to address corrective rape.

So far 100000 e-mails have been sent through Change.org.

On January 5 2010 a small group of lesbian activists in the townships of Cape Town collected more than 100000 signatures from 163 countries calling on Justice Minister Jeff Radebe to combat "corrective rape", which they feel is on the increase.

Corrective rape is when men rape lesbian women to "turn" them straight or "cure" them of their sexual orientation.

"Our fight against corrective rape has been going on for so long, under the most harrowing circumstances, with only a few volunteers to help," Luleki Sizwe, the volunteer anti-rape advocacy group that initiated the petition, said.

"It just seemed as if nobody was listening, nobody cared and our sisters were getting raped, beaten up and murdered without anyone doing anything about it."

News of the petition's success is likely to increase pressure on Radebe, whose chief of staff told Change.org that the petition that was set up to automatically generate individualised e-mails to the minister's senior staffers, had flooded the ministry's e-mail system.

"What the women of Luleki Sizwe have done is remarkable," Change.org chief executive Ben Rattray said.

"From a position of almost no power they've been able to mobilise more than 100000 people from 163 countries and get the attention of the most powerful officials in South Africa."

Activists are pushing for a meeting with the minister to discuss "corrective rape" prevention and get it declared a hate crime.

Luleki Sizwe is a tiny Cape Town charity that rescues, supports, feeds and nurses survivors of "corrective rape" in 10 Cape Town townships.

Run by four volunteers, Luleki Sizwe was founded by community activist Ndumie Funda after her female fiancée was a victim of "corrective rape".

Radebe was first contacted by Luleki Sizwe activists months ago by post and e-mail.

After tens of thousands petitioned the minister, the only response was an e-mail from his chief of staff complaining about the volume of protest letters sent to the ministry.

To date, Radebe has not responded to the corrective rape activists' complaints nor agreed to meet them.

COMMENTS [ 28 ]

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Jan 06, 2011 6:55 | 0 replies

Shoo" Rape ke rape

Jan 06, 2011 12:41 | 0 replies

The ministeres only pay attention if this happened to their realtives. Is really sad. This is time minister to act proactively

Jan 06, 2011 1:7 | 0 replies

Good day

Please now so here in S.A all we do is rape, why dont the police have a task force that will consentrate only on rape, like they do on festive season looking for those how are drunk only.

Jan 06, 2011 1:9 | 0 replies

I agree with iemsley, rape is a very serious crime & should be taken as such!

Jan 06, 2011 1:12 | 0 replies

LET THEM CORRECTIFY IT OR FALSIFY IT BUT AT THE END IT REMAIN RAPE & PLEASE GUYS WHAT ABOUT THIS ANIMAL RAPISTS,SPCA NEEDS TO DO SOMETHING TOO'''HA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA''

Jan 06, 2011 1:19 | 0 replies

Jeffy there is no rape in African life, that is other culture's belive stop that train please! What if woman call and there after claim that you have raped her what that? Ayoba ayobaness Minster look at that, woman must be investigated before law can take decision.

Jan 06, 2011 1:41 | 0 replies

Well of course he will not respond or meet them. he is a Minister after all!

Best message that the ANC can get is for their female supporters to boycott the party at election time.

Jan 06, 2011 1:49 | 0 replies

@ThirdEye
You wrote to me & I'm responding. I want the minister to do like wise. Get it????

Jan 06, 2011 2:3 | 0 replies

u play with fire lol!!!!!!!!

Jan 06, 2011 2:16 | 0 replies

Ngwaneso nope

Jan 06, 2011 2:17 | 0 replies