hate crimes

Forum Helps to Report More Hate Crimes

The Hate Crimes Working Group says since the introduction of its monitoring forum, more cases of hate crimes are being reported.
The forum, which is a comprehensive way of gathering information about victims of hate-related crime, is of the view that such crimes target people on the basis of their gender, religion or culture and often include violence such as rape.

Zozo’s Friends Call for Action

The friends of slain lesbian, Duduzile Zozo, made themselves heard at the Thokoza police station on the East Rand, demanding an update on the murder investigation.
While confronting patrolling police officers outside the deceased's house, Zozo's friend Bianca Laban said: "It is b…*t that the perpetrators are still walking the streets after killing our friend."
Activist, Jabu Pereira, says more effort was needed from government to ensure the safety of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the country.

SAHRC Outraged by Lesbian Murder

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) expressed its outrage at the murder of Duduzile Zozo, who was found dead in Tokoza, Ekurhuleni.

SAHRC spokesperson, Isaac Mangena, points out that, "While the right to equality enshrined in the Constitution protects people from being discriminated against because of their sexual orientation, it is absolutely imperative that this constitutional right is given effect to by all members of society."

Religious Leaders Urged to Promote LGBTI Rights

Gender-based violence independent researcher, Lisa Vetten, says religious and traditional leaders have a major role to play in preventing homophobic crimes.

Reacting to the killing of 26-year old Duduzile Zozo in Thokoza, Vetten says although South Africa is a leader in recognising the rights of gays and lesbians, in practice those rights only exist on paper.

Lesbian Victim Died of Organ Damage

The ramming of a toilet brush into the vagina of Duduzile Zozo, the lesbian who was murdered in Ekhurhuleni, caused her death, according to the post-mortem results.
The victim of what is believed to be a hate crime against lesbians suffered severe organ damage during the ordeal.

Police spokesperson, Godfrey Maditsi, points out that, “There was no blood at the scene. She died from severe organ damage.”

Call for Law to Deal With Hate Crimes

South Africa should urgently promulgate legislation to deal specifically with hate crimes, although the fight against hate crime should be a multifaceted one that should also strive to change the mind-set of perpetrators.

In his report after visiting South Africa earlier this year, Jorge Bustamante, United Nations special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, encouraged the government to introduce a hate crime bill urgently.

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