ANCWL: Corrective rape senseless
Johannesburg - Corrective rape is "heartless and senseless" discrimination, the ANC Women's League (ANCWL) said on Tuesday.
"As the ANCWL, we regard corrective rape as nothing less than a hate crime and a clear indication that women, children, gay and lesbian individuals continue to be regarded as soft targets for cowardly acts of victimisation," spokesperson Nosipho Ntwanambi said in a statement.
The league was reacting to the "corrective rape" of a 13-year-old girl in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, last Thursday.
Ntwanambi said the ANCWL would appeal to Parliament and relevant gender structures to categorise this form of rape as a hate crime.
She said the police should respond quickly when such incidents were reported so offenders would "face the full might of the law".
Last month, two openly gay women, Noxolo Nogwaza and Nokuthula Radebe, were raped and murdered. The attacks were believed to be motivated by homophobia.