By Cathy Kristofferson, November 27, 2013
A South African man has received a 22-year sentence for the ‘corrective’ rape of a lesbian. Andile Ngcoza, a man with a long history of violent crime, raped Millicent Gaika from Gugulethu to “show her she was a woman” by impregnating her.
Gaika has suffered severe emotional trauma as a result of the rape including an unsuccessful suicide attempt last year.
Corrective rape of lesbians is an epidemic in South Africa as OBLOGDEE, along with many news outlets, have reported. The perpetrators are seldom found or held responsible so this conviction and sentence is welcome justice.
Funeka Soldaat, chairperson of Free Gender the lesbian advocacy group supporting Gaika, said the sentence would serve as a warning that “you can’t just mess with people’s lives and think you can get away with it”.
“This is a victory for Milicent. It is a victory for all of us who have been victims of rape because of our sexuality.”
Read more about the conviction here.
OBLOGDEE coverage of the Millicent Gaika case:-
- March planned to hunt rapist Andile Ngocza wanted for ‘corrective’ rape of lesbian
- South Africa Accused Corrective Rapist Breaches Bail Conditions
- South African Township Lesbians March for Justice against Corrective Rape
- Calling out Media and South African Government on Corrective Rape of Millicent Gaika