Friday, March 18, 2011

South Africa's Justice Minister invites lesbian group to help combat corrective rape

South Africa's Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Jeff Radebe, has invited a lesbian rights group to discuss action against so-called corrective rape.

Luleki Sizwe will take part in the discussion, which is scheduled to take place at Parliament tomorrow.

As reported on, Luleki Sizwe launched an international petition against corrective rape and in 100 days gathered more than 170 000 signatures from 163 countries, last year.

According to website IOL News, the organisation hopes tomorrow’s meeting will push the ministry to commission research and develop and implement a national action plan to stop such attacks.

Ndumie Funda, founder of Luleki Sizwe, said action against corrective rape was long overdue. “We have shown that we can mobilise tens of thousands of people in South Africa and around the world, and the ministry now knows that they can no longer ignore our long fight against corrective rape.”

Charity, who is backing the campaign, said: “We now hope the ministry sees the potential in working together with a wide range of local activists and community groups to take tangible action on corrective rape.”