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To: Dept of Home Affairs and concert hosts, Gallagher Estate and Shimmy Beach Club

Stop convicted woman abuser Koffi Olomide performance in South Africa

Stop convicted woman abuser Koffi Olomide performance in South Africa

We, the undersigned, call on:

1. The Department of Home Affairs to stop Koffi Olomide from being allowed into the country and to release a public statement about it.

2. Koffi Olomide concert organisers and hosts, Shimmy Beach Club and Gallagher Estate to not let convicted woman abuser, Koffi Olomide, perform in South Africa *

* Gallagher Estate and Shimmy Beach Club have both cancelled the Koffi Olomide's performance https://citizen.co.za/lifestyle/your-life-entertainment-your-life/2144302/shimmy-beach-club-cancels-koffi-olomide-event-amid-pressure/

Why is this important?

Koffi Olomide has a documented history of committing violence directed at women. In March 2019 he was convicted of statutory rape in France and between 2002 and 2006, sexually assaulted his dancers [1]. In 2016, he was deported from Kenya for assaulting one of his dancers.

Allowing him to perform in South Africa would undermine the victims of his actions, which cannot be tolerated or allowed. South Africa already has a Gender Based Violence crisis and should not be rewarding perpetrators with platforms such as this.

[1] https://www.africanews.com/2019/03/19/drc-s-koffi-olomide-found-guilty-of-sexual-assault-in-france/


Reasons for signing

  • I signed this petition as activist of human rights and a defender of GBV and Koffi is nothing but a convicted one. He has no place neither in Congo nor in South Africa.
  • We need to create spaces for survivors of violence not spaces for abusers to perform.
  • I can never keep quiet when a woman is abused, raped or whatsoever...... this is just the little I can do as a human , I know that many of our mothers, sisters, daughters..... are being raped and abused in DRC , especially in the eastern part of my country but no one speaks about it...... till when is this going to happen? If it was in Europe or America , I’m sure the whole world was gonna be on alert , all media be flooded with it but because it’s the DRC, no one speaks..... enough is enough!

Updates

2019-06-19 09:17:52 +0200

Gallagher Estates has confirmed that they have cancelled Koffi Olomide's performance.

2019-06-18 18:21:18 +0200

The Presidency is working with Home Affairs to cancel the visa. The Cape Town venue, Shimmy Beach Club, has cancelled the performance https://citizen.co.za/lifestyle/your-life-entertainment-your-life/2144302/shimmy-beach-club-cancels-koffi-olomide-event-amid-pressure/

2019-06-18 17:04:23 +0200

500 signatures reached

2019-06-18 08:31:53 +0200

100 signatures reached

2019-06-18 07:56:38 +0200

50 signatures reached

2019-06-18 07:27:00 +0200

25 signatures reached

2019-06-18 07:06:41 +0200

10 signatures reached