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JOBURG CONDEMNS CORRECTIVE RAPE

Thu, 5 January 2012

The City of Johannesburg has passed a motion condemning corrective rape and committing itself to fighting these attacks against lesbian women, said to be the first motion by the City to address issues directly affecting the LGBT community.

The motion was originally proposed by Councillor Gordon Mackay (DA), with additional amendments by Councillor Matshidiso Mfikoe (ANC). The revised motion was passed on 24 November 2011.

Mackay's motion highlighted one of the most recent attacks on lesbian women, "the horrific and heinous murder of 21-year-old Nontsikelelo Tyatyeka" whose decomposing body was found in a wheelie bin in the Cape in September last year.

"As a City, we must condemn this most barbaric and heinous act with the furious contempt that it deserves," Mackay said in his speech to the City.

"We must take a stand on behalf of our sisters, our daughters and our partners. We must make it understood that hatred of any kind will not be tolerated in Africa’s greatest City; that sexism and misogyny will be exposed and that homophobia will be rejected."

He cited unofficial statics that claim that 10 women are "correctively raped" per week in the Western Cape.

The amended motion ultimately saw the City condemning "any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation... particularly when this takes the form of a hate crime such as corrective rape".

The City also agreed to condemn "unequivocally, the apparently increasing number of attacks on the gay and lesbian community".

The motion further noted that a City-led task team would continue to work on sustained programmes around corrective rape throughout the year.

Mackay welcomed the passing of the revised motion.

"I am absolutely ecstatic to have this motion passed. It is the first time that the City of Johannesburg has ever considered a motion regarding sexual minorities, and this motion will go a long way in ensuring that the City has a tangible and meaningful policy response to the issue of corrective rape," he told Mambaonline.

A notable deletion in the final motion, however, was Mackay's call for the City to issue a statement in support of Joburg Pride, which was removed, sending a somewhat mixed message.

While the city has given Joburg Pride logistical support over the years, it has been shy to visibly back the event - the largest and oldest LGBT event on the continent.

by Staff Writer

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EVLJjartUWTjXMKFkHj 4/27/2012 8:31:00 AM Down Up Reply REPLY
ATYOnT Thanks-a-mundo for the article post.Really looking forward to read more. Want more.
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HkvysmMvd 2/11/2012 3:10:31 PM Down Up Reply REPLY
CFSvS5 Edidn`t think about that. I'll tell my mother, she won`t believe it..!!
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Wayne van Niekerk 1/10/2012 2:46:12 PM Down Up Reply REPLY
Now lets see some action and not just political jargon. I agree that police need to be trained and show real results. I am sure uor sisters are in terror living in the townships. In PE it does not appear that bad and in fact the city's first pride parade was specifically aimed at highlighting this horror in our cities. A good start
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Lance Weyer 1/10/2012 2:46:12 PM Down Up Reply REPLY
The first PE Pride was a great success and created a lot of awareness. It was supported by the city council (ANC and DA) and most residents. I applaud the organisers for a job well done! I wish that it was like that in all cities.
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Lance Weyer 1/9/2012 6:21:19 PM Down Up Reply REPLY
Well done to Cllr Gordon Mackay. We have to start somewhere and having the council collective speak out against corrective rape is a good start. Hopefully this will materialise into action! I'm disappointed about the removal of the support for JHB Pride though - a mixed message indeed!
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Amanda Watson 1/7/2012 10:27:15 AM Down Up Reply REPLY
I think the Joburg Pride point is moot. Over the years the city has demonstrated its support as has the government. The question is, what is city council going to do with this motion? It's all well and good to say 'Bad homophobe, bad!' and it is a welcome start. But follow it up with training for its Metro officers and staff so that when a person reports a crime to the Metro police, they can respond with care and empathy, instead of the usual curt, abusive, manner experienced by many.
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