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04/19/2007


Man Gets 22 Years For Brutal 'Corrective Rape' Of South African Lesbian

On April 2, 2010 at 11 pm, Andile Ngcoza raped openly lesbian  Millicent Gaika (pictured) for five hours, strangling her with electric wire badly enough to leave bruises and scars, choking her with his hands and threatening to kill her and throw her into the neaby river.

MillicentHe reportedly told her, "I know you are a lesbian. You are not a man. You think you are, but I am going to show you are a woman. I’m gonna make you pregnant you are going to carry a babe for me."

Even though neighbors knocked on his door to ask about the noise, he insisted that he was having a fight with his girlfriend. Gaika was only rescued at 4 am when two Zimbabwean men heard her screams, broke down Ngcoza's door, beat him up and held him until police came. Afterwards, they took Gaika to a nearby hospital.

Sadly, this was the third time Gaika had been raped by men to "cure her" of her lesbianism. In 2002, four men gang-raped her. The repeated trauma caused Gaika to have recurring nightmares, to begin drinking heavily and to seriously contemplate suicide.

Ngcoza recently got sentenced to 22 years for his crimes, partially because of his seeming lack of remorse and also because  of his two other rape convictions against both men and women in the 80s.

Gaika told reporters, “It feels great. I feel great. He got the years that I was hoping and expected he would get. I think I will finally get peace.”

But although South Africa is the only African nation that has legalized marriage equality and gay adoption, according to blogger Rod McCullom those rights haven't protected black LGBT South Africans from an ongoing wave of queerphobic violence:

An estimated "510 women report being the victims of “corrective” rape every year in South Africa and [at least] 31 lesbians have been murdered over the past 10 years because of their sexual orientation," according to South African human rights activist Ndumie Funda.

The SA government announced in May 2011 that it would establish a task force to address the escalating incidents of anti-LGBT attacks in its nation. That announcement came only weeks after the brutal death of Noxolo Nogwaza attracted international attention. The 19-year-old lesbian "was gang raped, stoned and stabbed to death using shards of broken glass." Noxolo’s murder remains unsolved and the violence and attacks have continued.

McCullom also mentions that nine South African gay men have been killed and robbed by "a gang of brutal robbers and serial killers" over the last three and a half years.


Police Officers Accused of Driving Away from Gay Bashing in Johannesburg

Police have been accused of ignoring a gay-bashing in Johannesburg, South Africa over the weekend:

PereiraGerald Pereira and his boyfriend, Stephan Annandale, were leaving Capitol Music nightclub in Rosebank when they were accosted by four men who made homophobic comments, followed by one man allegedly punching Pereira. His lip bleeding, Pereira knocked on the window of a passing police van and pointed out the attackers.

He said the three officers mumbled that they would help. “They drove up to the guys, spoke to them for about five seconds and then just drove off,” he said.

It was too dark to take down the van’s licence plate.

Annandale said he called the local police station, which was about 2km away, for help, but was told it would take an hour for a police car to arrive. Pereira said the next day, he laid a charge of assault and complained about the officers at the Rosebank station.

The Rosebank Killarney Gazette has more on the incident:

“We had just left a theme party at a club, and wanted to get something to eat. I was dressed as Marilyn Monroe and my boyfriend Gerald Pereira wore an afro wig. We put our wigs in the car and bought food from a vendor on the sidewalk,” said Stephan Annandale.

He said that as they stood on the sidewalk and ate, a group of between four and six men who appeared to be in their 20s approached them.

“One asked why I was wearing a dress, and Pereira replied ‘Maybe he likes it’. The men asked if we were gays and we said that we were. Then they started verbally abusing us, calling us ‘fags’,” said Annandale.

He said he and Pereira responded angrily, and Pereira told the men to “f*** off”.

One of the men allegedly ran up to Pereira and punched him in his face. He wore a ring which scratched Pereira’s shoulder and then tore open his lip.


Unilever Pulls Ad Suggesting a Child Coming Out as Gay is Like a Bullet Through a Father's Heart

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How this would even get to the photography stage is astonishing.

The Independent reports:

The advert seemed to suggest that receiving the news that your child is gay was comparable to receiving a bullet to the heart. Imposed on a pink background the commercial featured a bullet with the words “Uhh Dad I’m Gay” flying towards a heart made of china.

Lowe and Partners, an advertising agency based in Johannesburg are the company responsible for the design of the advert, though it was Unilever, the firm that owns Flora that was criticized for the advert.

The company’s twitter feed apologised for the campaign, saying:

“This advert was prepared by an external agency in South Africa and was not approved by anyone at Unilever. The advert is offensive and unacceptable and we have put an immediate stop to it. Unilever is proud of the support that our brands have given to LGBT people, including our recent campaign for Ben & Jerry’s on equal marriage.”


Desmond Tutu: 'I Would Refuse To Go To A Homophobic Heaven'

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Anglican Archbishop and social rights activist Desmond Tutu made the declaration during the launch of the global public education campaign called "Free & Equal," which we told you about yesterday.

The BBC reports on his stance on equality:

"I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place," Archbishop Tutu said at the launch of the Free and Equal campaign in Cape Town. "I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this."

Archbishop Tutu said the campaign against homophobia was similar to the campaign waged against racism in South Africa. "I am as passionate about this campaign as I ever was about apartheid. For me, it is at the same level," he added.

Watch a South African Broadcast News segment about Tutu's support of the "Free & Equal" objective, in which he adds that "we should become a society where people are free to be who God made them to be," AFTER THE JUMP.

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Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela: VIDEO

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On his 95th birthday, the South African leader Nelson Mandela has made "remarkable progress" in recovering from a lung infection, his daughter tells Sky News.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

The NYT adds:

The assessment contrasted with weeks of concern among South Africans and across the globe that Mr. Mandela might not recover from a lung infection that forced him into the hospital for the fourth time in a year on June 8. Previously the authorities had described his condition as “critical but stable.”

Mr. Mandela’s birthday was also marked by Mandela Day, when schools across the land paid tribute to the former president at morning assemblies and many organizations asked supporters to volunteer 67 minutes of their time to mark his 67 years of public service.

In a statement, President Jacob Zuma wished Mr. Mandela a happy birthday on Thursday and, using the former president’s clan name, said: “Madiba remains in hospital in Pretoria but his doctors have confirmed that his health is steadily improving.”

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Lesbian Brutally Raped and Murdered in Johannesburg

Mamba Online reports on the horrific rape and murder of a Johannesburg woman:

ZozoPolice revealed that they had discovered a toilet brush rammed into her vagina.

The Daily Sun reported on Monday that the half-naked body of 26-year-old Duduzile Zozo was found in Thokoza, Ekurhuleni, outside of Johannesburg, on Sunday morning.

Zozo's grieving mother, Thuziwe Zozo, told the newspaper that she suspects that her daughter was murdered because of her sexuality.

“She was a lesbian but she has never had any problems before. People loved and appreciated her," she said.

In one of her final posts on Facebook on Friday, the young woman wrote: "In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take, relationship we are afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make..."

South Africa's lgbt activists are denouncing the attack, the latest in a string of violent actions against LGBT people in the country.

Said Thulisle Msiza, Director of Ekurhuleni LGBTI:

“It seems that as lesbians we cannot go anywhere. We cannot be ourselves. We have to hide ourselves, otherwise we get killed. We have to stay indoors – like caged animals,” she said. “It’s like we are living in the apartheid era again and homosexuals are the ones that are being oppressed.”


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