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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

18 June 2019 - * 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/

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 *

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

  • Bringing a man convicted of sexual abuse into the country that is already failing to deal with GBV differed not from adding fuel to the fire, the very same fire that is burning the country and the systems that are suppose to stop to put this fire off🤦🏽‍♀️
  • South Africa already has a large amount of GBV cases and allowing an ex-convict into countries would not be fixing our issue but it would be a risk
  • 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.

Updates

2020-02-05 12:23:53 +0200

Petition is successful with 926 signatures

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