- John Jeffery says, since lockdown, there has been an increase in hate crimes.
- He led a march in Nyanga to raise awareness of the violence.
- The march was part of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign.
Hate crime was under the spotlight when Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development John Jeffery led a march in Nyanga, Cape Town, to raise awareness of the violence perpetrated against the LGBTQI+ community.
The march was part of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign.
Jeffery said there had been an increase in hate crime since President Cyril Ramaphosa imposed lockdown measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 in March last year.
"There is a great need to raise further awareness with communities about these hate crimes. The majority of these crimes appear to be targeting black lesbian women and transgender women, and the trends have shown that the majority of these crimes are taking place in Gauteng, the Western Cape and in the North West," he said.
Jeffery said they had also seen increases in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.
Hate crime cases had increased from 17 in February this year to 38 in March.
"Out of the 38 pending hate crime cases, 20 were for murder and 18 for rape," he said.
In July, it was reported there were 42 cases - of which 30 were for murder and 12 for rape.
The march was followed by an information session, which was conducted at a local community hall in Nyanga.
The session focused on legislation, policies and services to combat and prevent hate crimes against LGBTQI+ persons - and to empower communities with information on how to protect and promote the rights of LGBTQI+ persons.
#16DaysofActivism2021 | Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, John Jeffery, led a march in Nyanga on Monday to raise awareness of hate crimes perpetrated against the LGBTIQAP+ community. @TeamNews24 @News24 pic.twitter.com/D5MvssyL5b— Marvin Charles (@MarvinCharles_) December 6, 2021
Jeffery promised that the Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill, which had been gathering dust since it was introduced to Parliament in April 2018, would be deliberated on as early as next year.
"We cannot win the war against hate crimes and discrimination without our civil partners," he said.