NYDA: Take action on corrective rape

2011-05-11 21:09

Johannesburg - It is the responsibility of all South Africans to take action on violence against people because of their sexual orientation, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) said on Wednesday.

The Agency said in a statement: "In a country where the Constitution clearly stipulates that no person may unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone because of their sexual orientation, reports about lesbians being victims of corrective rape and murder have become a worrying trend.

"NYDA calls upon all South Africans to take action against these ongoing violent attacks...The South African Police should act swiftly to ensure that the perpetrators are apprehended.

"Community members also have a key role to play by reporting anyone who is suspected of intimidating or harming a person because of their sexual orientation."

The NYDA was reacting to the "corrective rape" of a 13-year-old girl in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, on Thursday last week.

Two openly gay women, Noxolo Nogwaza and Nokuthula Radebe, were raped and murdered last month.

The attacks were believed to be motivated by homophobia.

The ANC Women's League on Tuesday said corrective rape was "heartless and senseless".

"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.

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-05-11 22:45

    Wish they'd all fight this hard and be this outspoken against all rape all the time.

  • Gary - 2011-05-11 23:11

    Rape is rape, so why categorize it with motives? If it helps to clarify the reason for the crime, why not clarify when a person gets raped based on their skin color? Or, is there a hidden agenda to help promote the poor helpless gay community?

  • - 2011-05-12 06:57

    What makes you gay people so special? Heterosexuals also get raped and murdered each day.

      Jean - 2011-05-12 08:38

      yes why must they get "special treatment". This country hasvery high rape stats. It would be nice if this whole thing will get the atention to rape. As a side not, accoring to our wonderful law, a man can not be raped only women !! A lot of men get raped every year and it is not seen as rape. Why not do something about that ?

      Scarlotta - 2011-05-12 10:08

      Why do you react with some much venom and come across as being so offended? Nowhere in this article does the writer or commentators imply that any other kind of rape is less important. It is purely about this particular type of rape. The motivation is not the same as that of other types of rape. Children are raped for different reasons than adults and the circumstances for men to be raped is not the same as "heterosexual" rape of women. Please understand that this is about people believing that gay women can be "changed" by being raped, and in some cases that they do not deserve to live if they are not heterosexual. A heterosexual women or a child is not raped to be “changed” or “corrected”. Surely the methods of prevention of child rape and corrective rape can’t be the same, hence addressing this type of rape as a specific phenomena.

      Carl Muller - 2011-05-12 12:21

      13 and gets raped is very bad....

  • Celeste Louw - 2011-05-12 08:03

    The point, I think is that all violence of this nature, and let's be honest all violent crime is simply unnacceptable. However, saying all South Africans should take responsibility for it and then not giving them any guidance on how to do that seems just as unnacceptable. I challenge everyone who has just had enough of this to take a stand, break the silence and make a difference. If you want to do this visit and join our silence breaker campaign. Its time to stop talking and start doing!

  • - 2011-05-12 11:33

    Gays need a corrective snotklap.

      Nicole - 2011-05-12 12:48

      Its people like you, who think like you, who behave like you, who are perpetuating this type of crime. Hope that makes you feel good about yourself :)

  • Carl Muller - 2011-05-12 12:23

    I have a psychologist friend. She can tell you of babies that get raped. Girls less than 5 years old. And it happens regularly. Bring back the death sentence....

  • Nicole - 2011-05-12 12:51

    The ANCWL and the NYDA's recent comments are clearly and disgustingly blatant vote seeking. This has been happening for years and nothing, A week before the elections, suddenly all this empathy. Makes me want to throw up!

      Scarlotta - 2011-05-12 14:12

      HI Nicole, I agree 100%. However, even though their motives are fairly transparent, the exposure that this issue gets because of it, is nonetheless welcome. Sometimes you have to make the best of the situation. Milk their blatant electioneering to make more people aware of this despicable crime.

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