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Petitioning Chief of Staff, Ministry of Justice Tlali Tlali and 6 others

South African Minister: Meet with 'Corrective Rape' Activists

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 South Africa is besieged by the heinous crime of 'corrective rape', a term used to describe when a male rapes a lesbian with the aim of 'turning' her heterosexual!

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"!

We are a small group of Cape Town activists calling on the South African government to finally declare 'corrective rape' a hate crime.

Last month we sent a formal letter to South Africa's Minister of Justice Jeffrey Thamsanqa Radebe calling on him to take the lead in finding solutions to the 'corrective rape' epidemic and to get it declared a hate crime punishable by the harshest sentences!

When the minister did not reply, we launched a petition on Change.org, which soon became the most popular petition ever! We have been overwhelmed by the support, and the petition has so far garnered more than 60,000 signatures from all over the world.

But what did Minister Radebe do when he got tens of thousands of emails about corrective rape?

Nothing!!!

In the last 10 years 31 lesbian women have been murdered because of their sexuality and more than 10 lesbians are raped or gang raped in Cape Town alone every week. But 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.

Yet as we have shown, South Africans and the world are not going to sit by and allow this to continue.

The least the minister could do is meet with activists working to end 'corrective rape' to find ways to work together in the fight against 'corrective rape'.

Please join us again, this time calling on South Africa's Minister of Justice Jeffrey Thamsanqa Radebe to meet with  Ndumie Funda, the founder of our organization Luleki Sizwe.

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Letter to
Chief of Staff, Ministry of Justice Tlali Tlali
Private Secretary, Ministry of Justice Phillip Musekwa
Minister of Justice Jeffrey Thamsanqa Radebe
and 4 others
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
Last month we sent a formal letter to South Africa's Minister of Justice Jeffrey Thamsanqa Radebe calling on him to take the lead in finding solutions to the 'corrective rape' epidemic and to get it declared a hate crime punishable by the harshest sentences.

When the minister did not reply, we launched a petition on Change.org, the world’s fastest growing social action platform. That petition soon became the most popular petition the platform has ever hosted, and now has more than 60,000 signatures from all over the world.
http://www.change.org/petitions/view/south_africa_declare_corrective_rape_a_hate-crime

But to date the leadership of Luleki Sizwe have still received no reply from Minister Radebe - not even a call to discuss how to work together to fight 'corrective rape' in South Africa.

South Africa is besieged by the heinous crime of 'corrective rape', a term used to describe when a male rapes a lesbian with the aim of 'turning' her heterosexual!

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"!

In the last 10 years 31 lesbian women have been murdered because of their sexuality and more than 10 lesbians are raped or gang raped in Cape Town alone every week. But 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.

This is an issue which should be of great concern to Minister Radebe, and as we have shown, South Africans and the world are not going to sit by and allow this to continue.

The least the minister could do is meet with the leadership of Luleki Sizwe, a small group of activists working to end 'corrective rape', to find ways to work together in the fight against 'corrective rape'.

I call on Minister Radebe to publicly commit to a meeting with Ndumie Funda, the founder of Luleki Sizwe, at a time of his choosing.

I look forward to your reply.