Team starts work on anti-gay hate crimes

2011-08-10 14:15

Johannesburg - A governmental task force began work on Wednesday to combat violent hate crimes against gays and lesbians in South Africa.

The justice department announced the formation of the team in May, following a wave of so-called "corrective rapes", in which men brutally assault homosexual women, in order to change their sexual orientation.

The task force includes six people representing the judiciary, police and department of social development. A further six representatives will come from the gay and lesbian community.

Earlier this year, lesbian activist Noxolo Nogwaza was stoned, stabbed and gang-raped in Kwa-Thema, outside Johannesburg, rallying international condemnation of South Africa's police force for not doing enough to protect the minority group.

More than 170 000 people from around the world signed a petition calling for "corrective rape" crimes to be more seriously investigated, and demanding that the perpetrators be brought to justice.

Activists say that not enough is done to protect gays and lesbians, especially in the overcrowded and impoverished townships.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-08-10 14:44

    It's about time, we can't tolerate hate crimes in our country otherwise our kkids will grow up thinking it's normal

      zaatheist - 2011-08-10 16:06

      Agreed. And the peddlers of imaginary sky daddy belief are the worst offenders, using their bronze age fairy tale books to justify the shameless promotion of hatred of people who are different.

      Komasa - 2011-08-10 17:22

      There are now 'Born Again Virgins'.

  • jockvanwyk - 2011-08-10 14:44

    The Govt.should have a task force to investigate the killings of illegal immigrants and farmers who are being attacked far more than gays and yet they deny the fact

  • Concerned - 2011-08-10 14:49

    Is this the same government that appointed the anti-gay John Qwelane to be ambassador to Uganda? What a joke

      George - 2011-08-10 15:11

      This is the same governmemnt that appointed Judge Cameroon into the constitutional court despite being gay. You are a moron with a foolish name.

  • Ion James - 2011-08-10 14:59

    just keep them away from Pr Zuma , how hard can that be?

  • A.T. - 2011-08-10 15:26

    What is the difference between crimes like rape etc compared to raping a gay or lesbian person. Are the other crimes love crimes. Please, crime is crime - it does not matter who it is against. All crimes should be handled the same way. Or is it more acceptable to rape a heterosexual person than a gay or lesbian person. Should a person receive a greater punishment because of who the crime was against. I thought we are all equal in the eyes of the law.

      x - 2011-08-10 15:44

      The issue is not who the crime was committed against, but what the intent of the crime was/is.

      A.T. - 2011-08-10 15:53

      So what intent does a crime against a disabled person, or a pensioner, how long must the list become if you want to look at the intent of the crime

      x - 2011-08-10 16:46

      Intent is always taken into consideration in a court. Simple example, did your actions accidentally kill a random stranger (manslaughter), or have you been planning to kill someone you hate for weeks (premed murder).

      A.T. - 2011-08-11 08:16

      So should you have an extra law for intent? Why not leave it up to the judges to give a stiffer penalty, why go to the lawbooks to create a new law which makes some people of more value than others?

  • zaatheist - 2011-08-10 16:02

    Well can they start with the Christian Churches and the Imams who spew anti-gay bigotry and hatred on a daily basis?

      A.T. - 2011-08-11 08:20

      No true Christian will hate a gay person. Look at an atheist like Dawkins to see how much hate he has for Christians. If it were up to himall Christians would be locked up in insane asylums.

      MBossenger - 2011-08-11 15:41

      Please provide a reference to where Dawkins state christians should be locked in aslyums

  • EmptyCan - 2011-08-11 08:04

    I sometimes wonder why a man AND woman was created?

  • MrsSmith - 2011-09-07 15:41

    @ zaatheist - I am very sure somewhere in your past a person thinking he/she was a christian hurt your badly. I can asure you, as a christian myself, that no TRUE christian will stand for another person being killed due to their sexual preference. A true christian believes in love for ALL. Wheter that person believes the same as you or not. My one best friend is lesbian. My other, a moslem. They are wonderful people and I love them for who they are, not for what they believe, or who they take to bed. Jesus Christ taught us to not judge. If you would ready Matthew 7, it says " 1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. That is what I believe. God does not love me more because I am straight. I choose to believe He made me, and He made you and He made every lesbian or gay man walking this earth, and he loves us all equally. If there are christians who does not believe this, or choose to judge those others, then perhaps they should consider changing faiths!

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