May 25, 2011

GALA – Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action

The advancement, development and rights of LGBTI people depend on an accurate record and representation of their struggles. GALA mobilises memory by documenting and popularizing the lives and histories of LGBTI South Africans. In so doing it contributes to the development of pride, challenges homophobia and entrenches the rights of LGBTI people.

May 10, 2011

”People are dying as we speak” – interview with Ndumie Funda

Please read an interview in Guardian online with Ndumie Funda who is a chairperson of Luleki Sizwe, an organization partnering with CALBiA
in common efforts for more respect and equality rights for lesbian women in Africa.

Ndumie initiated and is actually negotiatining with representatives of the South African government the legislation against ”corrective rape” practice

May 8, 2011

How to apply for the CALBiA support ?

Your Business Idea – Your Dedication – Your RESPECT

If you are lesbian woman or transgender person living in Africa and
have a business idea which you would like to implement with support of CALBiA Foundation,
you can contact us sending an e-mail to
The CALBiA representative will contact you and provide further info.

Our support is focused on young entrepreneurs who want implement a business idea,
are determined and committed to work hard for it.

Possible CALBiA support:

  • evaluation of the business idea
  • consulting and help in establishing the business plan
  • coaching and mentoring through experienced and successful entrepreneur
  • analysis of market for
  • purchase of materials and infrastructure for production (within the available CALBiA budget)
  • promotion of your products through our global network






May 6, 2011

We are making progress



Gail Eddy
Parliamentary Liaison OfficerConsortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa

Tel: 021 465 6317

Cell: 083 501 8761


Dear colleagues,

I am reporting back from the meeting this week with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development regarding the setting up of a Task Team to combat violence against the LGTBI community.

It was a really successful meeting. The Department stuck to their own timelines and gave us feedback as promised. They have put together a high level national Task Team from the JCPS cluster that has been mandated by the Development Committee of the DoJ (which is responsible for seeing that the Department meets its obligations in line with their service delivery agreements with the Presidency) to investigate and implement measures to deal with the problems raised by the LGTBI community. This Task Team is made up of representatives from the DoJ, NPA, Department of Social Development, SAPS, Legal Aid SA, and some Judiciary members. They have already met twice to come up with the draft implementation plan, and stressed on numerous occasions that this is getting attention at the highest levels as a matter of priority.

The measures they have come up with include:

- The particular needs of the LGTBI community need to be addressed. This will be done through a situational analysis that the DoJ will conduct.

This situational analysis will involve communities at a grass roots level, police, and government departments. This will be made available to all once it has been completed.

- There needs to be public awareness of human rights as set out in Section 9 of the Constitution. The DoJ is already speaking with the GCIS about conducting a widespread public awareness campaign about the rights of LGTBI.

This will include public service announcements, banners, posters, fliers etc.

- The DoJ recognised the need to strengthen the implementation of existing legislation, as well as the need to see what works and what doesn’t. This includes the Criminal Law Amendment Act and the Sexual Offenses Act. They are looking at how sentencing  can be increased due to aggravating circumstances. On a legislative side, they will look at whether any amendments need to be made to legislation. They are also looking at the use of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act.

- They are looking at the issue of ‘secondary victimisation’ of by police and other service providers, as well as victimisation at a local level.

They are looking at the need for sensitization training which is linked to an awareness campaign to ensure that the message is disseminated widely.

However, they also need a better understanding of what secondary victimisation in this context is, and how it is experienced. Interaction with NGOs will be very helpful here.

- They recognised the need for statistics to record how widespread issues of corrective rape, or violence against the LGTBI community is.

They will start by doing internal research on current cases , and contacting court managers.

- On a short term basis, if their are any cases that people are experiencing problems with, whether it be discrimination by the police, or delayed court cases, they can contact the Director of Child Justice and Family Law: Mrs Corlia Kok on 012 315 1259 or

She has promised to forward these cases to the relevant people for immediate assistance.

- They are also discussing how to record instances of corrective rape at police stations – whether this would ‘out’ individuals and infringe on their privacy? This is something that needs to be discussed further with the NGOs.

- There is also an awareness of LGTBI community been seen as ‘unAfrican’

or ‘against religious beliefs’. A long term strategy will be to talk to traditional leaders and church leaders to address these issues.

- Policy needs to be created as well. The situational analysis will lead to the recommendations on policy for the courts and the justice system as a whole. This will also have to be appropriately budgeted for – and budgets for this will be prioritised.

- They welcome any input with regards to the development of Hate Crimes Legislation.

Gaps in this strategy were pointed out by some NGO representatives that were present. However, the main purpose of the meeting was to create the Task Team that will decide on the approaches to the above strategy, and make the appropriate changes and additions. The Task Team will be made up of 6 members from the JCPS cluster as mentioned above, and 6 members from civil society.

Civil society groups that were at this meeting will meet again on 10th May to confirm the make up of the civil society representation. I advocated for the inclusion of the HCWG, which was accepted, particularly as we are a network with a national focus.

Overall, I am so heartened by this meeting. The DoJ has responded more positively than I ever expected.

Also importantly, I was told that the DoJ welcomes any submissions regarding Hate Crimes legislation. I was told again that they are in the process of developing this. I was given the contact details of the correct person to speak to: Advocate Laurence Bassett, Chief Director:

Legislation Development, 012 315 1463, From his telephone number it seems as if he is based in Pretoria, so perhaps HCWG members in Joburg/Pretoria could set up a meeting with him? As I said, he will apparently welcome submissions, so this is a great opportunity for us!

Wozani is contacting Adv Bassett to try and find out where the Department is with regards to the Hate Crimes Bill. I’m sure she will report back on this shortly, and the process of engagement can happen from then.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Kind regards,

Gail Eddy

Parliamentary Liaison Officer

Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa

Tel: 021 465 6317

Cell: 083 501 8761

Apr 29, 2011

Organisation Culture and Sexual Orientation Questionnaire

You are invited to participate in an academic research study conducted by Elizma Els a Masters student from the Department Human Resources at the University of Pretoria.

The purpose of the study is to investigate how lesbian and gay individuals, perceive their organisational culture and how this might influence their engagement, overall satisfaction and organisational citizen behaviour, within organisations in the Gauteng region.

This study involves an anonymous survey. Your name will not appear on the questionnaire and the answers you give will be treated as strictly confidential. On the questionnaire there is an option whether you will be willing to partake in a second, short interview phase of the research study in order to clarify the results of the first, questionnaire phase. You cannot be identified in person based on the answers you give.

Your participation in this study is very important to us. You may, however, choose not to participate and you may also stop participating at any time without any negative consequences.

Apr 29, 2011

Call to Action – FEW Tech Voices

April 27, 2011
Ekurhuleni Pride Organizing Committee (EPOC) and the Coalition of African
Lesbians (CAL) call on all supporters for equality and dignity for all, to join us in specific actions calling for justice for slain lesbian, Noxolo Nogwaza and all the other LGBT people who have lost their dignity and lives on the basis of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity in South Africa.
The body of Noxolo Nogwaza, a 24 year old lesbian, was found lying in an alley in Kwa-Thema at about 9am on Sunday, April 24 2011. Noxolo’s head was completely deformed, her eyes out of the sockets, her brain spilt, teeth scattered all around and face crashed beyond recognition. Police and other witnesses at the crime scene say that an empty beer bottle and used condoms were pushed up her genitals. Parts of her body had been stabbed with glass. A large pavement brick that is believed to have been used to crash her head was found by her side.
Noxolo was raped and murdered in a similar manner as that in which another member of EPOC was murdered, 3 years ago today. Eudy Simelane’s body was also found in an open field in Kwa-Thema. She had been raped and murdered, crimes that the perpetrators confessed to. Just last year, a gay man in the same township was attacked by eight men, who attempted to rape him. Luckily, he escaped the “vultures”. The men, as they attempted to rape him, were heard saying, “We are determined to kill all gay people in this area and we will do it.”
Noxolo will be laid to rest at a cemetery in Kwa-Thema on Saturday, April 30, 2011. EPOC and CAL call on all your support in this time of grief and shock. Please come and stand with us.
What can you do?
1. Come and join us as we lay Noxolo Nogwaza to rest. The funeral will take place in Kwa-Thema on Saturday, April 30, 2011. For those outside Gauteng and South Africa, you may send condolence messages that will be read out at the funeral to and wreaths/ flowers can be purchased online at for pick up on Saturday morning. Have them labeled EPOC for Noxolo and we will pick them up. For those around Gauteng, there will be a taxi to transport mourners to and from Constitutional Hill in Braamfotein and at the Baragwanath Taxi Rank, Soweto. Please be at your station by 7:30am on Saturday. Also confirm your attendance with / 0733711556. The address of the home where the funeral will be held is 19206 JAQISA Str, Ext 6 in Kwa-Thema (behind BP Garage, Duduza Rank).

2. Call, fax or email Tsakane Police Station and demand for a speedy and thorough investigation into the rape and murder of Noxolo Nogwaza. The reference number of the case is 635/04/2011.
Tel: +27 11 363 5347/8/9
Fax: +27 11 363 3454

3. Call, fax and/or email the South African Government and demand that they openly speak out and take action against the increasing violence towards LGBT people in South Africa. The contacts of the officials to contact are below;
His Excellency Jacob Zuma
President of the Republic of South Africa
Tel:             +27 12 300 5200 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +27 12 300 5200 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +27 12 300 5200 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Fax: +27 12 323 8246
His Excellency Kgalema Petrus Motlanthe

Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa
Tel: +27 12 300 0501/            +27 21 464 2128 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +27 21 464 2128 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +27 21 464 2128 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Fax: +27 12 323 3114
Mr. Jeffrey Thamsanqa Radebe
Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development
Tel: +27 12 357 8212/8217
Fax: +27 12 315 1749

Mr. Nathi Mthethwa
Minister of Police
Tel: +27 12 393 2810/2811
Fax: +27 12 939 2812
Gen. Bheki Cele
National Commissioner of Police
Tel:             +27 12 393 2874 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +27 12 393 2874 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +27 12 393 2874 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Fax: +27 12 393 1530

4. Hold demonstrations at South African Embassies in your countries demanding that they speak out against the increasing violence against LGBT people in South Africa. There will be national demonstrations held in South Africa before and on the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), come May 17, 2011 and we encourage that you hold a demonstration at the embassy around the same period.
For more information please contact:
1. Ntsupe
Chairperson, EPOC
Tel:             +27 732 263 287 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +27 732 263 287 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +27 732 263 287 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

2. Bontle
Tel:             +27 732 270 026 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +27 732 270 026 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

3. Victor Mukasa
Project Coordinator, Human Rights Defenders project
Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL)
Tel:             +27 784 363 635 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +27 784 363 635 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Mar 31, 2011


The body of 20 years old Nokuthula Radebe was discovered on Monday 28th April late afternoon around 5pm by kids playing in an abandoned building in Everest Tokoza, Ekurhuleni. Her friend Simangele who saw the body before it was taken by police say that Nokuthula’s pants were pulled down, but was still wearing her underwear. Her faced was covered by a plastic and was strangled with one of her shoelaces on the neck. It is not known who the perpetrators are that killed Nokuthula.

Simangele, Nokuthula’s friend informed us that the last person who was with Nokuthula was her girlfriend Nomthandazo who we visited to get clear information. Nomthandazo relates the story. “ I was sitting with Lee at her home on Sunday 28th till very late at night, I told Lee that I want to go home, not realizing what time it was. Lee accompanies me till I get home and walks back to her home. My mother shouted at me that it is 3am at dawn. She tried to call Nomthandazo to check if she arrived home safely with no luck as the phone was off.

We visited Nokuthulas father who said that he also was worried when he came back home in the morning to realize that Nokuthula did not come back home on Sunday. At work he tried calling her too with no luck. Late Monday night 29th, police came to call him to identify a body and find it is Nokuthula. The father said that he suspects that her daughter was raped and demanded that this is checked and police said postmortem will be conducted on Thursday 30th April and he will be informed of results.

The case is currently held at the Thokoza police station. FEW will follow-up with the investigating officer to push for justice for Nokuthula.
For more update/ information on this case call FEW
Phindi Malaza/ Dikeledi Sibanda

Mar 22, 2011

Summary of the CALBiA roundtable – 11th of March, Johannesburg

On 11th of March a number of local organizations’ representatives and CALBiA volunteers discussed the further development of the project. Please find in the below link the summary of the whole session to download.


CALBiA Roundtable Summary – 11th March 2011