About

Enza is a registered non-profit organization that works to improve the lived experience of South Africa’s LGBTI community.

Our Mission

    • To enable access to social, health and justice services
    • To address gender-based violence (GBV)

Our Motivations

    • South Africa has one of the highest rates of rape in the world, including so-called “corrective rape” targeted at lesbians.
    • Frontline workers, particularly police officers, often fail survivors of violence by not being aware of their obligations, timeframes and procedures.
    • Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) is available at public clinics in most centres in South Africa, but there is no national campaign to alert or educate the LGBTI community of the availability of treatment.
    • We aim to bring life to the promises of key regional legislation, such as the Constitution of South Africa and the Bill of Rights, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Our Partners

Over the past 17 years, we have worked with private and public organisations to deliver a range of interventions, from small projects to award-winning national, multi-sectoral programmes.

    • Government agencies: DoL, DTI, NDoH, National Libraries, National Youth Development Agency, Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, the South African Police Service
    • International donor agencies: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, ILO, JBIC, Netherlands Embassy, NORAD, UNDP
    • Sector Education and Training Authorities: CHIETA, MerSETA, ETDPSETA, HWSETA, TETA
    • Trade unions: CEPPWAWU, Hospersa, IMATU, NAPTOSA, NEHAWU, NUM, POPCRU, SACWU, SADTU, SAPU
    • NGOs: Business Foundation Welkom, Ekangala & Fundisizwe, NCASA, SABCOHA
    • Corporations: Afrox, Aspen Pharmacare, BMW, BP South Africa, Dulux, Sasol, Toyota, Volkswagen

Our Dream

We dream of living in a world where there is no hatred toward members of the LGBTI community. Our work is dedicated to the following women, who rest in peace after falling victim to lesbian hate crimes:

Andritha Thapelo Morifi, 29 years, Mokopane, Limpopo

Desiree Ntombana Mafu, 25 years, Dobsonville, Soweto, Gauteng

Duduzile Zozo, 26 years, Tokoza, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Eudy Simelane, 31 years, KwaThema, East Rand, Gauteng

Gift Disebo makau, 24 years, Ventersdorp, Dr Kenneth Kaunda, Northwest Province

Girly ‘S’Gelane’ Nkosi ,37 years, KwaThema, East Rand, Gauteng

Khanyiswa ‘Lhoyie’ Hani, 25 years, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

Lucia Naidoo, 19 years, Katlehong, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Nokuthula Radebe, 20 years, Thokoza, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng

Noluvo Swelindawo, 22 years, Driftsands, Khayelitsha, Western Cape

Nontsikelelo Tyatyeka, 21 years, Nyanga, Cape Town, Western Cape

Noxolo Nogwaza, 24 years, KwaThema, East Rand, Gauteng

Nqobile Khumalo, 23 years, kwaMashu, Durban, KwaZulu Natal

Madoe Mafubedu, 16 years, Soweto, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Mandisa Mbambo, 25 years, Inanda, Durban, KwaZulu Natal

Matiisetso Aletta ‘Nonki’ Smous, 28 years, Kroonstad, Maokeng, Freestate

Motshidisi Pascalina, 21 years, Evaton North, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Patricia Mashigo, 34 years, Daveyton, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Phumeza Nkolonzi, 22 years, Nyanga, Cape Town, Western Cape

Salome Massoa, 23 years, Soweto, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Sanna Supa, 28 years, Soweto, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Sibongile Mphelo, 21 years, Strand, Cape Town, Western Cape

Sihle Sikoji, 19 years, Samora Machel, Cape Town, Western Cape

Simangele Nhlapo

Sizakele Sigasa, 34 years, Soweto, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Thokozani Qwabe, 23 years, Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal

Zoliswa Nkonyana, 19 years,  Khayelitsha, Cape Town, Western Cape

Not publicly identified by family choice, Kuruman, Northern Cape

Lerato Tendai Moloi, 27 years, Soweto, Johannesburg, Gauteng