A practice is sweeping through South Africa that is horrific. Anti-homosexual sentiment is on the rise and to cure lesbians, gangs of men are raping them at times, to their death. A search for corrective rape in Africa on the web will literally merit hundreds of results. I don’t care what your views are on homosexuality, this is flat out evil.
Many stories are being reported like this one from the Huffington Post: “The partially clothed body of Eudy Simelane, former star of South Africa’s acclaimed Banyana Banyana national female football squad, was found in a creek in a park in Kwa Thema, on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Simelane had been gang-raped and brutally beaten before being stabbed 25 times in the face, chest and legs.”
Or this one reported by CNN: Noxolo Nogwaza was attacked late last month after dropping off her girlfriend in Kwa-Thema township near Johannesburg. She was raped, stabbed with broken glass several times and her face pummelled with rocks, Human Rights Watch said. “A beer bottle, a large rock and used condoms were found on and near her body,” the rights group said.
South Africa is setting up a new task force to handle the problem as reported by ABC News: “The new task force will tackle issues such as whether crimes against the homosexual and transgender community should be considered hate crimes, whether a rape motivated by sexual orientation should receive a harsher sentence and increased sensitivity training for police, social workers and judiciary officials. The team is scheduled to begin work in July.”
These types of horrendous crimes prove that there are great forces of evil in the world. John 10:10 tells us that ‘the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come that they might have abundant life.” Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Jesus cares about these issues and we should too. No matter your view, take some time to pray today for the victims of this kind of injustice in South Africa.