Govt condemns violence against homosexuals

2013-04-13 14:15

Johannesburg - The government on Saturday condemned all forms of violence against homosexuals following the assault of a gay man in a Cape Town township.

"Government condemns in the strongest terms possible and reiterates its commitment to fight all forms of hate crimes perpetrated against lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and inter-sex people in South Africa," said acting Cabinet spokeperson Phumla Williams.

The Times reported on Friday that Lunga Voko was beaten and left unconscious by a group of men because he was gay in an area near Khayelitsha.

Voko's attackers allegedly inspected his penis to verify if he had been circumcised.

They were enraged after finding that he was and beat him up.

Voko celebrated his 23rd birthday on Easter Sunday and was attacked while walking home with his friends.

He was allegedly beaten with an iron rod and was unconscious.

While down, one person fired a gun, and a piece of Vuko's right ear was torn off, the newspaper reported.

He was taken to Groote Schuur Hospital and later discharged.

Williams said every citizen had an inherent dignity and the right to have their dignity respected and protected, as enshrined in the Constitution.

"As government we are committed to fight all forms of crime, including violence against gay and lesbian people.

The South African Police Service are currently investigating the case and we are confident that justice shall prevail," Williams said.

Earlier in the week, the Zulu Royal household described a traditional Zulu marriage of two gay men in KwaDukuza, KwaZulu-Natal, as "unholy".

Cameron Modisane and Thobajane Sithole, both 27, made headlines when they tied the knot last week dressed in traditional attire.

Spokesperson for the Zulu Royal house Prince Mbonisi Zulu described the union as "unholy".

  • Philani Gumbi - 2013-04-13 14:51

    who has better rights , majority or minority ?

      Hugo Venter - 2013-04-13 15:03

      Should be equal last time I checked.

      Brett Harvey - 2013-04-13 15:07

      There are human rights, end of, majority should have no more rights than a minority, if you disagree then you probably also support the extermination of minorities the world over (Think Jews in Nazi Germany)

      Philani Gumbi - 2013-04-13 15:56

      guys am in in lv of the majority. i still stand by my words

      Ollie Smith - 2013-04-13 16:07

      No one questioned whether you were Philani why the need clarify, something in the closet? Leonard I support keeping such comments, as it allows us to see the kind of idiocy that is around and hence the need for the government to clarify. Further more I doubt that anyone is going to read the arguments presented by Philiani and follow his logic of tyranny of the majority.

  • Porshe Vrebec - 2013-04-13 14:55

    Gays are good poeple, maybe this thugs they've got surpassed gay feelings, that make them hate so much.if you dnt like something, dnt look move along. let the poeple be.

  • Jackie Dee - 2013-04-13 15:11

    Wow, government condemns this now it is all ok, we can all live in peace, no more violence.

      Bra N'Darkie - 2013-04-13 15:20

      If u read the article... SAPS r also working on the case, perpetrators will b brought to book.

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-04-13 15:24

      At least they are saying something instead of condoning violence. I just wish they would say more about violence against all people in this country.

      Mc Segal - 2013-04-13 15:25

      When are they going to condemn the 50 murders a day??????And maybe do something about it????

      Ollie - 2013-04-13 16:14

      Zuma himself said that if a gay person stood in front of him when he was younger he would punch them in the face, but none the less this is a step forwards.

      Jackie Dee - 2013-04-13 16:21

      All talk and no action, typical of this racist government

  • GB Garratt - 2013-04-13 16:29

    Sounds a bit hollow when the present, apart from being a serial philander and bribe seeker is also openly homophobic.

  • Logic - 2013-04-13 19:40

    ANC are hypocrites you condemn hatred against homosexuals and yet you incite violence against white people

      Tuyez - 2013-04-14 07:53

      Zero logic in what you are saying. Stop living in cocoon. Which media are you following? You must stop being one dimensional. Read all the news and listen to all the news. Crime affects everyone in SA poor or rich, white or blacks. I think your political leaders are misleading you into believing that there is war against white. You need to liberate yourself from that kind of politic. If you dont believe that crime affects everyone just visit government motuaries and see who are the most victims of crime. Stop following this media sensalisation and political doom.

      Neill Cline - 2013-04-15 07:42

  • mantsho.tlali - 2013-04-14 00:57

    Because David Cameron(Britain Prime minister) wants to impose sanctions against the African countries who ignore Violence against Homosexuals. Where will the ANC get an extra money to waste if that happens.

  • William Joseph Roberts - 2013-04-14 09:01

    Every time something bad happens the goverment condemns it,but nothing is done about it!

  • Max Andreas Rainer - 2013-04-14 21:27

    The homosexuals having another damned field many bigger more relevant issues...

      Jean Pieterse - 2013-04-15 09:01

      Yes... The killing of innocent people is NEVER an issue.

  • Nonpopular Newsreel - 2013-04-15 08:03

    ANC, verbally condemn whatever you like; the truth is you lack both the character and ability to do something constructive about any crime except paying lip service to any cause you deem worthy of not flatly ignoring. Government rhetoric is growing tiresome. In any case, the "Government Of the Republic of South Africa" and "Republic of South Africa" are listed as companies with the Securities Exchange commission: We are seen as employees of a (PTY) Ltd. company, not Citizens of a democracy. As long as the CEO and board is making money; the slaves (us) are only to be placated with baubles and promises.

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