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DA to refer lesbian assault to SAHRC

2012-07-31 16:58

Johannesburg - The DA is to refer the alleged assault of a lesbian by security guards in Johannesburg to the SA Human Rights Commission.

"We believe that this goes beyond misconduct on the part of the security guards as well as the police," said Democratic Alliance justice spokesperson Debbie Schafer.

Bonisiwe Mtshali, 29, was allegedly attacked by security guards at the Carlton Centre after kissing her girlfriend goodbye on June 13.

She was beaten up so badly that she regained consciousness only three hours later.

Mtshali and her girlfriend Khanyisa Ndoda were told by police at the Johannesburg Central police station to drop the charges "as it was not a big case".

Schafer said the SAHRC would be asked to investigate before the end of the day.

"It is unacceptable to be assaulted because of one’s sexual orientation. It is despicable when the victim tries to report the matter to the police only to be told that the matter is 'not a big issue'."

Comments
  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-07-31 20:15

    Good for the DA – once again coming to the aid of citizens. Notice the silence from cANCer? These security guards are so backward, they shouldn't be living in civilisation.

  • emanuel.sekgala.5 - 2012-07-31 20:34

    Why Da IS RFERING THE ALLEGED ASSAULT OF A LESBIAN BY SECURITY GUARD IN JHB 2 THE SA HUMAN RIGHTS COMMUSSION..?

      CassandraXabata - 2012-07-31 21:12

      Because it happened in JHB? Erm.. where and to whom would you like to refer it? The cops who said it was not a big case? Oh wait... you thought the DA is only in the Western Cape? No?... What they should do nothing??? You condone violence against lesbians? OBTW you do not have to write in caps. Only to emphasise a word. And yes good spelling counts for points on these forums.

  • james.bondiski - 2012-08-01 07:47

    the guards at the cc are idiots and thugs.this is not the first time .they should have been sued long ago!!! i have personally seen people being manhandled and wondered that if that was me........Ass*oles!!!!

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