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The ‘Hero’ Of Dieplsoot
Brown Lekekela set up Green Door shelter in his backyard to give a place of safety, counselling and referral to victims of GBV in Diepsloot. He runs the shelter single-handedly and has dedicated his life to supporting and achieving justice for survivors of GBV.
“Violence is a learnt behaviour and we believe it can be unlearnt.” – Brown Lekekela
News & Awards
The work that Brown Lekekela does through the shelter has been highlighted in various publications. He has also received recognition for this service in the community.
Giraffe Hero of the MonthBrown Lekekela awarded ‘Hero of the Month’ in November for his volunteer work and human rights activism. Read more
Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South AfricansBrown Lekekela announced as one of Mail & Guardian’s top 200 young South Africans in the category of Civil Society. Read more
LeadSA Hero of the MonthBrown Lekekela awarded LeadSA Hero of the Month for January in 2017. Read more:
Green Door Shelter hopes for a better year in 2021The founder of Green Door Women’s Shelter in Diepsloot, Brown Lekekela said this year was the most challenging and difficult year for the organisation which provides a safe shelter and support for victims of rape, domestic violence or sexual abuse in the area. Read more
Sheltering the victims of SA’s second pandemic’
It was really challenging as many of the long-term shelters were closed and I had no more space to house these GBV victims, so all I could do was encourage the women to open a case against their abuser at the police station. – Brown Lekekela, Green Door shelter