This is an archive of the Treatment Action Campaign's public documents from December 1998 until October 2008. I created this website because the TAC's website appears unmaintained and people were concerned that it
was becoming increasingly hard to find important documents.

The menu items have been slightly edited and a new stylesheet applied to the site. But none of the documents have been edited, not even for minor errors. The text appears on this site as obtained from the Internet Archive.

The period covered by the archive encompassed the campaign for HIV medicines, the civil disobedience campaigns, the Competition Commission complaints, the 2008 xenophobic violence and the PMTCT, Khayelitsha health workers and Matthias Rath court cases.

TAC condemns hate murders of lesbian and gay rights activist

12 July 2007

The TAC has learnt from the Positive Women's Network that on Sunday 8 July in Soweto Meadowlands, Sizakele Sigasa, an outreach coordinator at Positive Women’s Network and a lesbian and gay rights activist, and her friend Salome Masooa, were tortured and brutally murdered.  Sizakele was found with her hands tied together by her underpants and her ankles tied together by her shoelaces, with three bullet holes in her head and three in her collarbone.   

This appears to have been a hate crime, committed by people who are intolerant of women and lesbians.

Many of us in TAC knew Sizakele. We express our deep condolences to the family and friends of Sizakele and Salome.

The high level of violence against women in South Africa is caused by a complex set of intertwined factors. Some of these such as poverty, unemployment and cultural attitudes that promote machismo will take generations to resolve. But there are measures that can be taken now to reduce violence against women:

In addition to the above, HIV post-exposure prophylaxis and rape counselling should be available in far more health facilities without the requirement of a police report.

The TAC joins the call by Positive Women's Network for the police to act swiftly and bring to justice the people who murdered Sizakele and Salome.

We ask the the Legal and Human Rights Sector of SANAC to convene a meeting of all civil society organizations to plan a sustained, persistent and ongoing campaign against gender-based violence and hate crimes.

TAC members will join the memorial service and funeral for Sizakele and Salome. For further information, please contact Prudence Mabele of Postive Women's Network on 078 383 9529.