Various faith-based groups in Cape Town are calling for the removal of coercive conversion programs. This follows the death of a South Korean woman who was killed last year after refusing to join a church aligned to the Christian Council of Korea.

A memorial service has been held for the 27-year-old Ji In Gu in Cape Town.

She was allegedly killed at the hands of her parents for refusing to join a church aligned to the Christian Council of Korea. The 27-year-old was ostracised and persecuted despite belonging to a Christian based church.

However, it wasn’t a member of the council.

”She was not happy with the main fact that churches who belong or are members of the Christian council of Korea have the Christian council of Korea dictate should do or should not do . She wanted to have religious freedom like everyone here in South Africa enjoy,” says Human Rights Association for Victims of Coercive Conversion Programs, Siyabuka Thunyisa.

Humanitarian and faith based groups also want coercive conversion programs to be made unlawful and the dissolution of the Christian Council of Korea.