South Africa to Introduce Hate-Crime Legislation

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South Africa’s Minister of Justice said that the government intends to introduce hate crimes legislation for the first time after more than 170,000 people from 175 nations joined one of the largest international campaigns ever hosted on Change.org.

Ndumie Funda, founder of Luleki Sizwe, a South African activist group launched and led the campaign following escalated violence against LGBT people in the country, particularly the so-called ‘”corrective” rape and murder of lesbians and transgender men. In 2011, after more than 170,000 people joined Ndumie’s campaign, South Africa’s Ministry of Justice established a national task team to address hate crimes against LGBT South Africans and appointed Ndumie to the team.

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“We worked so hard for this and it’s really great to see the minister finally do this,” said Ndumie Funda, founder of Luleki Sizwe, who started the petition on Change.org. “There were many people that helped bring us to this day including international activists Jules Husey, Melanie Nathan, Billi Du Preeze, and Emma Rowlands, but after almost three years of campaigning it’s important to remember that it all started with the petition on Change.org. We’d never see this legislation if people all over the world hadn’t gone to Change.org to support us.”

 

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