South Africa: Take Action to Stop 'Corrective Rape'
  • Petitioned Minister of Justice Jeffrey Thamsanqa Radebe

This petition was delivered to:

Minister of Justice Jeffrey Thamsanqa Radebe
Chief of Staff, Ministry of Justice
Tlali Tlali
Private Secretary, Ministry of Justice
Phillip Musekwa
Deputy Minister of Justice Andries Carl Nel
Parliamentary Liaison Officer, Ministry of Justice
Thando Ntlemeza
Head of Deputy Minister's Office
Blendynn Williams
Head of Communications, Ministry of Justice
Collen Msibi

South Africa: Take Action to Stop 'Corrective Rape'

    1. Sponsored by

      Luleki Sizwe

March 2011


Ndumie Funda petitions the South African government to fight "corrective" rape of lesbians. 171,000 people join from 175 countries, mobilizing a protest in front of Parliament. Bowing to international pressure, the South African Parliament agrees to launch a National Task Team to end "corrective" rape.

"Corrective Rape" is a term used to describe when a man rapes a lesbian with the aim of 'turning' her heterosexual!

This heinous crime is prolific in South Africa, especially in the ‘townships.’

Most of the victims are tortured, grievously assaulted and sometimes murdered! They are also prone to getting HIV/AIDS from the assault, and many of them commit suicide as a result of the ‘corrective rape’!

The South African government and justice system are failing the victims of Corrective Rape by letting the perpetrators out on ridiculously low bail, and taking literally years to bring the court-cases to a conclusion. In the meantime the victims have to live with seeing and being harassed and threatened by their rapists every day, as do those who help the victims!

In the last 10 years:
*31 lesbian women have been murdered because of their sexuality
*More than 10 lesbians a week are raped or gang raped in Cape Town alone
*150 women are raped every day in South Africa
*For every 25 men accused of rape in South Africa, 24 walk free

Despite all this, hate crimes on the basis of sexual orientation are not recognised by South African law!

We call on the South African government to declare "Corrective Rape" a Hate-Crime that is punishable by the harshest sentences! 

Photo credit: babasteve

Recent signatures


    1. ABC News: South Africa Task Force to Fight 'Corrective Rape' of Lesbians‎

    2. Mail & Guardian: Task team set up to tackle homophobic attacks

    3. South Africa gay rights activists warn of homophobic attacks after murder

    4. Why I Started Fighting 'Corrective' Rape

      Many people ask me where the campaign against 'corrective' rape came from. asked me to tell a bit about it, so here I am.
      I was born in 1974 and my father died when I was very young.
      I grew up during apartheid and was very politically...

    5. ‘Corrective’ Rape Campaign Dominates the Press

      Yesterday we reported about the victory of Luleki Sizwe, a tiny group of lesbian activists based out of a safehouse in the townships of Cape Town that started an international fight against 'corrective rape', whereby men rape lesbian women to...

    6. The meeting went very well. Check back here for a report + pics in two hours.

    7. We're all in the car heading to the meeting with the ministry! Here we go!

    8. We were just interviewed by SAFM (the equivalent of BBC Radio) for the prime time morning spot

    9. E-TV, South Africa's largest commercial TV station, ran a news segment on the corrective rape campaign on tonight's prime time news

    10. One of South Africa's largest weekend papers covers the campaign

    11. Benjamin is now in Pretoria with a coalition of groups supporting this campaign. Please keep spreading the word.

    12. Current TV joins the effort, and links people to this petition

    13. Human Rights Editor Benjamin Joffe-Walt has arrived in Cape Town to help deliver the petition, please keep spreading the word about this action.

    14. TIME Magazine reports on the campaign against corrective rape

    15. Reached 150 signatures
    16. Human Rights Editor Benjamin Joffe-Walt heads to South Africa this week to assist in meetings with the South African government.

    17. Pride Cape Town is running through this weekend

      And proceeds of South Africa pride flags are going to support Luleki Sizwe

    18. The Mail and Guardian profiles a lesbian soccer team in South Africa standing up for their rights

    19. Dan Rather did a piece on corrective rape

    20. Preparations for the meeting with the Minister are in high gear. Many organizations involved. Message me if you can help.

    21. Meeting with the Justice Minister (March 14) will be followed the next day by the trial of Millicient Gaika

    22. The South African Forum for the Empowerment of Women wants to join the campaign!

    23. Justice ministry to meet gays rights Ngo on corrective rape

    24. After weeks of negotiations it seems the minister of justice has set a date to meet anti-'corrective rape' activists. More updates within the next 24 hours.


    Reasons for signing

    • Sara Harnetty HENTY, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because it's crap! Pure and simple. How the UN is letting people get away with such attrocities is beyond me.

      • over 3 years ago
    • danielle gendron FARMINGTON, MO
      • over 3 years ago

      what are people thinking?!?! honestly in what world do they honestly think that Raping women will correct sexual preference? how is that even possible? I love this website because it allows me to make aa difference but good lord it is depressing to see all the craziness in this world. does anyone use logic or common sense anymore?

    • javier fernandez SANGER, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      that's crazy.

    • Millie Landy DENVER, CO
      • over 3 years ago

      This is a powerplay by the men in this group of misfits. These are not men, they are worse than crazed animals. they are the ones that need to be put away for life . Please if you have any humanity left in you, stop this, and bring the perpetrators(criminals) to justice. None of them should ever see freedom again.


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