Woman beaten for being a lesbian - report

2012-07-30 09:52

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.

  • JohanCduToit - 2012-07-30 10:06

    How many more people must die or get hurt? Please, please, please can we put an end to this monster called religion?

      gerald.parker.9847 - 2012-07-30 10:14

      please tell me what religion has to do with sexual orientation

      Steven - 2012-07-30 10:21

      It has nothing to do with religion, the monster is the human race. Each generation, there is always a group that is marginalised and discriminated against. It is us that is the problem not religions. It's the 21st century yet we see acts of barbarism no better than the days of Genghis Kahn. Its about education, unfortunately, some people are too brain dead to realise that it doesn't matter what religion you believe, what sexual preferences you have or what race you belong to, that makes you a person, it is who you are that's important.

      gungets.tuft - 2012-07-30 10:30

      The guards did say "Some people will never reach heaven", so Johan has a point. I agree actually. How many secular people have an issue with homosexuality - it is generally the nutcases that use religion as their justification.

      mofstok - 2012-07-30 10:30

      Religion has nothing to do with it: ignorance and intolerance is to blame. Do not tar all religious people with the same brush, the vast majority of us are tolerant and regard acts like these with the contempt they deserve. Press charges, get these scumbags thrown in prison, or sue the shirts off their backs.

      JohanCduToit - 2012-07-30 10:39

      I agree that it is about education - starting with NOT teaching people fairy tales, that they will go to "heaven" by hating, hurting or killing other people, that they can do whatever they want because their sins will be forgiven, or that they can just blame the "Devil" for making them do things, ect, etc... If it was not for the false teachings of religion, why would anyone care what other consenting adults do?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-07-30 10:48

      Actually religion in this case has everything to do with it... Religious people mustn't become defensive and thus deflect attention away from the issue. Some people will never reach heaven.." That's about as religious as you gonna get?

      david.goliath.355 - 2012-07-30 10:50

      Johan, which religion are you speaking about? Mormon, Jehovahs Witness, Muslim, Judaism, Christianity, Sport,etc Definition:Religion is a collection of cultural systems, belief systems, and worldviews that relate humanity to spirituality and, sometimes, to moral values

      JohanCduToit - 2012-07-30 11:08

      ALL of them David, at least from the way I understand the word "religion".

      Arnoldus.DuToit - 2012-07-30 11:12

      Most religions teach compassion, respect and restraint. This has nothing to do with religion but rather how parents view things. IE: People aren't racist because of religion, but because of the way they grew up. It's a case of "LACK OF EDUCATION" more than anything else.

      Arnoldus.DuToit - 2012-07-30 11:13

      Also, majority of people need to believe in something, else they have nothing.

      JohanCduToit - 2012-07-30 11:32

      If you are right Arnoldus (that some people need something to believe in), then it is very sad. Especially considering all the harm religion does to themselves, others, and society as a whole.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-30 12:31

      Johan what has this got to do with religion?.

      JohanCduToit - 2012-07-30 13:35

      Jacqui, did you read the article? This attack was religiously motivated - one of the attackers said: "Some people will never reach heaven". If you still do not understand why I blame religion, then I cannot help you.

  • eva.smith.9484 - 2012-07-30 10:34

    Who are we to judge?

  • moeg.malseun - 2012-07-30 10:51

    just quick one here ? looking at the comments , why are some people commenting here so full of hate for these girls. What are they doing wrong don't you have any thing else to go hate? like Verwoerd or Mugabe

      luke.dekoker - 2012-07-30 11:27

      You've got it wrong, why Verwoerd? he is dead.. hate is not the word to use anyway.. dislike, despise, etc are more fitting (and please add your prof zuma to the list)

      moeg.malseun - 2012-07-30 11:32

      beating people to a pulp becouse of what thay are !!! what do you think makes them do it i think hate

      moeg.malseun - 2012-07-30 11:35

      luke i dislike smoking i don't beat smokers up ,how ever i hate austin powers and yes i am trying to kill him

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-30 12:35

      DrEvil, Verwoerd now also guilty of homosexuality?. Geez.

      moeg.malseun - 2012-07-30 12:48

      jacqui- dr Verwoerd was responsible for keeping homosexuality e legal in South Africa their for he also must be considered a EVIL DOCTOR along with anybody who imposed inequality to anybody, it is just not cricket is it

  • jacqueline.engelbrecht.54 - 2012-07-30 11:04

    No person should EVER be punished for whom they choose to love. You can quote the bible, the Quoran and whatever religious text you can lay your hateful little hands on because religions,99% of them at least, preach tolerance and respect towards your fellow man. For everyone verse or paragraph you throw out about "sin" and "morality", I can find one to counter your argument from the same book. Homosexuality is not a disease, it is not a crime, it is not a mental illness and the sooner you bigoted, hateful, spiteful and sad individuals out there learn that, you'll see that they are human beings just like the rest of us.

  • donker.afrika - 2012-07-30 11:10

    A complete demonstration of primativeness - the trade mark of Africa

  • colin.langley - 2012-07-30 11:57

    As a gay man i have to tell you that we are the last minority of people where it is OK to hate. Remember this.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-07-30 12:17

    I hope NEWS24 will publish an arrest of there bastards who beaten her soon.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-30 12:58

    Fire the security guards and the police who failed to do their duty. Assault is a serious crime and they should have opened a docket, sent the woman for a physical examination and then investigated the allegations. Shocking - just fire people who cannot / will not do their work properly and then perhaps we will see a change for the better in SA.

  • Fred - 2012-07-30 13:04

    Idiotic medieval religious fools. It's nature's way of curbing overpopulation through evolution. People have a deep seated need for love. Same sex or not. I am not gay, but I do have gay friends, both men and women. Why can't people just leave others alone, and mind their own imperfect lives?

  • Warwick - 2012-07-30 13:12

    Another glorious and happy day amongst our black brothers showing the great aspect of Ubuntu towards each other.

  • delish7564 - 2012-07-30 13:21

    @news24 Why did you delete my comment, there was nothing offensive in it? Many times I see very racist and prejudiced views on here yet they are allowed. What happened to Freedom of Speech? "Whatever happened to tolerance and compassion? I don't agree with the way some people live their lives, but it is exactly that, their lives and so long as those same people don't try and force me to see things their way, live and let live, In any event, there can be no justification for this and these ladies should press charges. As for the Security Company, they should be more careful about the people they employ. As for the question of religion, well, some don't tolerate homosexuality, but then again they preach about tolerance, total hypocrisy!!!"

  • tanja.berg.7359 - 2012-07-30 13:40

    Animals have got more compation for each other than humans...and the funny thing the next generation is going to think this behaviour is ok...

  • jody.beggs - 2012-07-30 14:34

    "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." This is why justice will never be done , you have to buy it... Damn the man.

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