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Rights groups condemn 'corrective rape'

By Anna Majavu | Mar 15, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 166 ]

Corrective rape is a hate crime in which men rape lesbian women in order to "cure them" of being lesbian

ABOUT 200 members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights groups protested outside Parliament yesterday, calling on Justice Minister Jeff Radebe to stamp out "corrective rape" against them.

Corrective or curative rape is a hate crime in which men rape lesbian women in order to "cure them" of being lesbian.

Led by the Luleki Sizwe group the activists have collected more than 170000 signatures againstcorrective rape.

Activist Ndumie Funda founded Luleki Sizwe to rescue, feed and nurse to health survivors of corrective rape in 10 Cape Town townships. Luleki Sizwe is run by four female volunteers. Funda's fiancée was herself a victim of corrective rape.

Funda said they wanted the justice ministry to set up a special commission that would come up with a plan to deal with hate crimes against gays and lesbians.

"We have shown that we can mobilise tens of thousands of people, and the ministry now knows that they can no longer ignore our long fight against corrective rape. The question now is what they will actually do about it. The ball is in their court."

Marlow Valentine of the Triangle Project, which promotes LGBTI rights, said government must protect gays and lesbians.

"Corrective rape is still under-reported. A woman goes into a police station and says she was raped for being a lesbian, and she is not taken seriously," said Valentine. "There has not been one prosecution as yet."

A delegation later met with justice officials in Parliament.

Justice Ministry spokesperson Tlali Tlali said after their meeting that the ministry would consider making corrective rape a hate crime.

"The starting point was for us to hear what they had to say so that we can go back and consider it. We will really consider their proposal for a commission," said Tlali.

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Mosquer - It is the fact that christian catholic priests (paedophiles) have been helping themselves out for over 40years on young boys (perishners) of their church. Because of this fact, you can not now say if rest of us do not follow the word of God, we should let go of rapists etc in that comment of yours where you become emotional.

Mar 15, 2011 2:26 | 0 replies

@Somaartakeit, QeenB & samatha
u guys are failing to answer my questions

1. Where does this new gender comes from?
2. why is there no poor gay/lesbian with no money, no education, no fancy clothes, living in the shacks or rural area(Emsinga/Qumbu).

everywhere u go in the world u win find men and women, but gays/lesbians no.........you only find then in urban area.....night clubs and tarvens.

God is very engry that we allow such things.......rememba sodom & Gomorah?

Mar 15, 2011 2:14 | 0 replies

@Putana
4biko

I get ur point. Maybe we must just learn that the world will keep on changing and at tyms it will not always be sumthin that we all can easily accept without questioning.

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Well said.

Mar 15, 2011 2:14 | 0 replies

Somaartakeit

and one doesn't even have to know Semenya's issue. Lesbianism is a mental issue. and everyone is entitled to do whatever they wish with their bodies.

if you don't like what you see, cover your eyes and move on.

Mar 15, 2011 2:13 | 0 replies

somaartakeit
and btw Mosquer, the so called religion Christianity/Muslim, you'd do well to research how it came to our shores, when you do you will be ashamed that you are busy promoting foreign concept, which was designed to destroy original belief system we had here in Africa in order to keep indigenous people firmly enslaved by the foreigners, but this is a discussion for another time altogether, just wanted to make you aware why to me when you start to wave bible you don't affect me or mean anything to me.
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If Africa believe in God then it is not foreign coz God is not foreign but the father of the world as a whole

Mar 15, 2011 2:12 | 0 replies

@Mosquer
@QueenB
Is it your place to protect what God hates?
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so u think GOD hates HIS ppl? n no its not my place to do anything tht GOD didnt ask me to do so, GOD didnt say HATE tis ppl thus am not hating them...the BIBLE said luv one another n i shall luv ol ppl equally its upto God n them, its not my place to cast the stone but hey dnt let me stop u hey

@Matzzzz wht leaque is tht hun? am jus not in a habit of judging humans period talk bout unjustified judgement noga...wht is it that they hav done wrong for ppl to scream hate to them????????

Mar 15, 2011 2:12 | 0 replies

4biko

I get ur point. Maybe we must just learn that the world will keep on changing and at tyms it will not always be sumthin that we all can easily accept without questioning. For the record i do have a gay and lesbian friend but i afraid of asking them all this questions.

Mar 15, 2011 2:12 | 0 replies

@somaartakeit
@ Galfriend "These are some of the things that make God angry and send Tsunamis....." *shakes head in disbelief* please google causes of tsunamis, earthquake etc its clearly explained for everyone operating even will lowest IQ to understand it, there is no mention of homosexuals as the cause of it. Or I should say there is no proven record of it being caused by homosexuals.

***************************************************************************I dont have to explain myself to you or anyone.Thats just the way I feel and thats what I believe.Deal with it or Sue me!!!!!

Mar 15, 2011 2:10 | 0 replies

@Mosquer - you even read this so called bible (guide book of yours) conveniently or selectively, cause the very same bible condemns violence, so where do you come from suggesting stoning others to death? Anyway the OVERRULING factor in SA is our constitution, anything else is secondary.

Mar 15, 2011 2:10 | 0 replies

somaartakeit
@Mosquer - you even read this so called bible (guide book of yours) conveniently or selectively, cause the very same bible condemns violence, so where do you come from suggesting stoning others to death? Anyway the OVERRULING factor in SA is our constitution, anything else is secondary.
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Before blaspheming, read and understand my comments. I never said we must stone people, I just enlighting Galfrend about old testament

Mar 15, 2011 2:15 | 0 replies

I'm also against homosexuality, it doesn't look & feel right...

Mar 15, 2011 2:16 | 0 replies