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Xingwana: End violence against lesbians

2011-06-21 22:39

Cape Town - Urgent action is needed to stop the "scourge" of violence against lesbians, Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana said on Tuesday.

Urgent action was needed to stop the violence and "corrective rape", she said during her department's budget vote at Parliament.

"Our country faces a serious crisis of violence against women and children... women, young and old, are falling victims to rape and murder. The right to sexual orientation as stipulated in our Constitution is also being violated through the so-called corrective rape of lesbian women."

This was also highlighted as the main problem facing South Africa at international gender forums, including the UN commission on the status of women and the committee on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women.

Xingwana said the establishment of a national council to end violence against women and children would enhance the country's efforts to stop gender-based violence.

"Our country has a strong legislative framework protecting the rights of women and children. As the department, we are going to monitor the implementation of all these laws, including the Domestic Violence Act and the Children's Act," she said.

Comments
  • jmaritz - 2011-06-21 23:24

    Finally some leadership on this issue!

  • mariushr - 2011-06-21 23:29

    Yeah, I wouldn't get too excited about this. It is after all the Lulu of the Lesbian Photos saga... http://mg.co.za/article/2010-03-03-lulu-xingwana-describes-lesbian-photos-as-immoral

      Larro - 2011-06-22 00:07

      Kinda hypocritical of her.

      Riaan - 2011-06-22 09:44

      Took the words right out of my mouth.

  • Stuartthom - 2011-06-22 06:28

    itsthe tokolosh thats encouraging the brothers to act like this

  • Regurk - 2011-06-22 07:24

    One small step forward & juju takes us 50 steps back.......

      Mugabe - 2011-06-22 09:14

      what has Juju got to do with ths

  • Mugabe - 2011-06-22 08:59

    those who rape lesbians are criminals and must be arrested....but the lesbians must also not do their thing publicly as the community cant tolerate that animal behavior

      Nicole - 2011-06-22 09:32

      Lesbians are human beings with the same rights as everyone else. We can what we like in public. NOBODY has the right to harm us or infringe on our basic rights. Violence is NEVER the victims fault. Get that into you head please.

      Mugabe - 2011-06-22 09:40

      @NICOLE, i have many gay friends but i will not tolerate them tryng to dress up like women wen there man or the other way round. worse some even flirt publicly. you must also get it in your head that your acts are not considered as normal in the community. the next thing the nudist will also be claiming their so called rights and walking in the streets naked

      Heibrin - 2011-06-22 09:47

      @Mugabe: and not so long ago blacks weren't allowed into certain areas of the country.... whether its racism or sexism, it should have NO place in modern, civilized society. They do not berate you for kissing your partner in public, why should you berate them, or do you believe that their love for each other to be less than yours for your partner?

      Riaan - 2011-06-22 09:48

      LOL Please don't preach to us about what is considered normal in your community. You have a very skewed (or should I say screwed) value system. Everything goes in townships, except homosexuality it seems.

      Mugabe - 2011-06-22 10:23

      @Shayne_22 now wat you are saying is a completely different thing, all those you listed are also doing wrong things and must get arrested. those who say women a re stealing their women are another group, South Africa is a predominantly christian country meaning most pple value christian values and Homosexuality, homophobia, killing, robbing are not acceptable by the majority in our community

      Mugabe - 2011-06-22 10:27

      @Heibrin... it is unnatural in a Christian society..this country may have free religions and atheist have a right but that does not mean the greater community accept them with their beliefs.

      Mugabe - 2011-06-22 10:29

      @Riaan, you are correct on the part that many things are wrong, there are gansters, drug dealers but you are wrong when you say it is acceptable in the townships.

      Mugabe - 2011-06-22 10:40

      @Shayne_22 it is also your community. also this is not about black and white community because i know more whites who are against Homosexuals

      Mugabe - 2011-06-22 10:43

      the white community is more civilized and will not beat you up.

  • Riaan - 2011-06-22 09:44

    That's rich for a sewer rat who stomped out of an exhibition because the naked lesbian women were "offensive". She wouldn't know art if it bit her in her fat arse.

  • Maxine - 2011-06-22 18:02

    A 'strong legislative framework' with out enforcement from SAPS is useless. The Courts need to ensure that anybody that is arrested for committing violent crimes against lesbians and gays are punished. Homosexuality does not need to be understood- the life choice needs to be respected by society as a whole.

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