Funeka Soldaat

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Funeka Soldaat is a lesbian community activist from South Africa. She is a survivor of corrective rape and founded the Khayelitsha-based lesbian advocacy group Free Gender.[1][2]

Soldaat spoke to a Khayelitsha commission of inquiry in January 2014 about the 1995 rape. She said that the ill treatment she received at two police stations after the attack was devastating.[3]

Free Gender called for a boycott of the 2014 Cape Town Pride event, alleging racism, with Soldaat claiming that the event excludes women and nonwhites. (Event director Matthew van As disputed her claim.)[4]

Soldaat has been the subject of two short films, Ndim, Ndim (It's Me, It's Me), directed by Martha Qumbe in 2005,[5] and Episode 2 of the SABC-commissioned series I Am Woman: Leap of Faith in 2013.[2]


  1. ^ "I Am Woman: Leap of Faith Episode 2". I Am Woman. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Koyana, Xolani (27 November 2013). "Man gets 22 years for attack on lesbian". Cape Times. 
  3. ^ Glynnis Underhill (31 January 2014). "Khayelitsha police 'incapable' of helping LGBT residents". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Nashira Davids (28 February 2014). "Cape Town Pride branded 'racist'". Times Live. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Film Synopsis: It's Me, It's Me / Ndim Ndim". African Film Festival New York. Retrieved 7 April 2014.