Woman beaten for being a lesbian - report

2012-07-30 09:52
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Johannesburg - A woman was attacked by security guards at the Carlton Centre in Johannesburg because of her sexual orientation, The Star newspaper reported on Monday.

Bonisiwe Mtshali, 29, was beaten unconscious after kissing her girlfriend goodbye on June 13.

"I accompany her to work every morning... and every morning I give her a goodbye kiss," said Mtshali's partner, Khanyisa Ndoda.

"But as we kissed that day, we heard these guys saying "Some people will never reach heaven and shouting 'voetsek'."

Mtshali confronted the three security guards from Hlanganani Protection Services, contracted to the centre. She was then beaten, and regained consciousness three hours later.

When the pair went to the Johannesburg Central police station, police advised them to drop the charges as it was not a big case and would be expensive, said Ndoda.

The newspaper said no one at the security company was willing to comment on the alleged incident.

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