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To whom it may concern,
It is with mixed elation, sorrow, anger and shame that LGBTIQ South Africans, their friends and family learnt of the arrest of Aubrey Levin of Calgary, Canada. Levin has been described as South Africa’ own Dr. Mengele. Many are happy that he has finally been caught for something seemingly related to his alleged activities in South Africa – but there remains a great deal of unfinished business left behind. If the reports about him can be believed, it would seem that Aubrey Levin literally got away with murder!
He was not prosecuted in South Africa. He disappeared to Canada before any such charges could be brought against him and did not appear before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He has since avoided coming to South Africa because of the alleged risk that he may be charged. Justice might still not have been served in South Africa.
The charges he is currently facing in Canada are not nearly sufficient to make up for his alleged activities committed at 1 Military Hospital and the alleged heinous violations of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender conscripts, conscientious objectors and others whom the Apartheid government considered undesirable. The charges he might face are as chilling as any which would be levelled against his Nazi namesake, who disappeared without a trace, never to be brought to justice.
We ask that Aubrey Levin not be allowed to go unpunished for his alleged crimes. We ask that he face the full might of Canadian law for his crimes there – and the full might of South African law here.
We are aware that Canada is not South Africa – that Canada cannot charge him for crimes committed in South Africa – all Canada can do is charge him for the crimes he committed there. Of course, it is up to South Africa to charge him here and ask for his extradition. We ask that South Africa do so – and that Canada cooperate with any such request. We ask that should South Africa not pursue this matter, that Levin be made to face trial under the auspices of the United Nations for crimes against humanity.
We demand justice for the alleged heinous crimes he committed with total impunity and under the full protection of the Apartheid government.
How many lives he might have destroyed exactly is unknown but it is estimated and believed by some that 900 LGBT people and others were subjected to his torture, botched and forced sex-change operations after his referrals and aversion therapy to “cure” gay conscripts – all of which took place long after homosexuality stopped being viewed as a mental disorder by the medical community. Many, many of his “patients” committed suicide.
There is one other question that bothers me – Levin didn’t appear before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the early 1990’s – WHY was he not charged his alleged heinous crimes then? Why was he allowed to go free and carry on with his life?
Was it because he only committed these crimes against White people?
Was it because he only committed crimes against gay and transgender people?
Why did Canada allow the alleged criminal to emigrate into its respectable medical profession – and apparently to continue to spread his ugliness there?
Was it because transgender people in Canada still have no legal protections and are still erroneously classified as “mentally ill” and have to jump through all kinds of unreasonable hoops and hurdles just to get their gender reassignment done?
Please see the articles below for more detailed information on the alleged atrocities Levin committed while in South Africa. These have been well-detailed in numerous books and documentaries and personal life stories of some of his victims, and yet no definitive action has ever been taken against him.
We demand justice, if not only for surviving victims, but even more so for those who committed suicide and had their lives ruined and for their families and friends to find closure, and to restore the dignity of the South African LGBT community.