18 June 2019
STATEMENT: WLC supports the “Stop Koffi Olomide campaign” and calls for denial of entry and cancellation of Koffi Olomide shows
Koffi Olomide, a Congolese musician and convicted rapist and harasser, is set to perform two shows in South Africa at the end of June, in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Mr Olomide has a long history of sexual and physical violence against women. In March 2019, Mr Olomide was convicted of statutory rape in France. In 2016, he was deported from Kenya after a case of assault. In 2012, he was also accused of assaulting a journalist in Zambia. When such facts are clear and have been tested in a court of law, it is unacceptable to allow such a person into our country, and to perform on a public platform.
In light of the high levels of violence against women, inclusive of rape and abuse of women, which occurs in South Africa, in light of the Total Shutdown movement last year – where an outcome was that a national strategic plan on Gender Based Violence is now busy being drafted – it is an insult to allow such convicted rapists into South Africa, with no consequences for their actions. It is an insult to all the womxn victims of violence and sexual violence.
In the spirit of ending impunity, we support the “ Stop Koffi Olomide” campaign which calls for the denial of his entry, cancellation of his shows, a call for government to publicly state their dis-invitation, and for government to co-operate with Zambian authorities should they request his extradition and arrest if he enters South Africa.
We call on all people to sign the petition to #StopKoffiOlomide and support the call to end violence against women!
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