'Corrective rape' in South Africa
Updated on 12 March 2009
Samira Ahmed has a special report on South Africa's horrific new hate crime: the "corrective rape" of women for being lesbians.
It is the self-styled "rainbow nation" that will be hosting football's World Cup in just over a year.
But since the end of apartheid South Africa has a darker claim to fame: it is the rape capital of the world.
A quarter of all women are raped by the time they are 16. And now there is a horrendous new phenomenon known as "corrective rape": targeting women because they are lesbians.
One of the most high-profile victims is Eudy Simelane. She was training to be the first female referee at the 2010 World cup when she was gang-raped and murdered.
From Johannesburg, Samira Ahmed has this special report. The subject matter is highly distressing.
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Jody Kollapen interview
Samira Ahmed talks to Jody Kollapen, chair of the South African Human Rights Commission.
South Africa: grief over 'corrective rape'
"'What are you trying to say? Africa the dark continent? Everyone must be evil? Finding out all the men who rape lesbians?'
I could see his point."
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