A cowardly crime against lesbians

2011-01-15 15:37

Called “corrective rape”, it is a heinous crime that is going unrecognised by the government and unpunished by the legal system, say ­human rights organisations.

Non-governmental organisation (NGO) Luleki Sizwe states in its petition that more than 10 gay women a week are raped or gang- raped in Cape Town alone.

The NGO rescues, supports, nurses, feeds and campaigns for lesbian, bisexual and transgendered women in Cape Town’s black townships and rural areas.

Ndumie Funda founded Luleki Sizwe and named it after her close friend, Luleka Makiwane, and her fiancee, Nosizwe Nomsa Bizana:
»?Luleka was raped by her cousin and died of Aids in 2005 as a result of that rape.
» Nosizwe was gangraped by five men ­because of her sexuality and died of complications as a direct result of the assault.

Luleki Sizwe’s call to urgently discuss “corrective rape” with Justice Minister Jeff Radebe followed the horrifying ordeal of another ­survivor, Millicent Gaika, who was raped for five hours in April last year.

Her rapist screamed at her: “I know you are a lesbian! You are not a man! You think you are, but I am going to show you, you are a woman.

I am going to make you pregnant! I am going to kill you!”Andile Ngcoza was subsequently arrested for the rape of and attack on Millicent. He was released on bail of R500.

In November Ngcoza was re-arrested for violating his bail conditions by entering Gugulethu and allegedly threatening Funda.

The two women are in hiding because ­Ngcoza was again released on bail of R60 shortly after his re-arrest.

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