On the 16th April 2021, the Attredgeville Magistrate court initiated the proceedings against the alleged perpetrator Sono Rapula who attached a 35years old gay man from Laudium. The suspect pretended to befriend the victim Lerato* (not his real name) when he later attacked him and robbed him of his cellphone. While attacking he said to Lerato “why are you gay. I want to teach you a lesson as I want you to be straight and be a real man”. It was clearly shared in court that the alleged person violated the victim, harassed and robbed him of his possessions. The matter was postponed to the 23rd of April for a Bail hearing whilst the alleged perpetrator remains in custody.
Access Chapter 2 immediately after the victim reported this matter to the organisation, accompanied the victim to the police station in Laudium. SAPS responded swiftly to the matter, a case was opened and was assigned an investigating officer within 12 hours. The suspect was the arrested on on 14th of April and appeared in court today. Access Chapter 2 does encourage SAPS to continue to work in this approach with all cases of violence in that way justice may not be delayed.
Access Chapter 2 Executive Director Steve Letsike said it is concerning and unacceptable that with this rise of hate crimes against LGBTI people, the Minister of South African Police, The Minister of Justice and other stakeholders have become so quite and as LGBTI community we are suppose to fend for ourselves. In Pretoria alone we are dealing with 4 cases of violence against the LGBTI community, whilst Sedibeng Vaal have 2 murders, Kwa Zulu-Natal and Eastern Cape also deals with brutal murders of members of the community. Government must act swiftly to deal with hate crime.
Access Chapter 2, ensured the victim was in a place of safety working with their employer “Osbro Mart”, and psychosocial support was provided to the victim which will be in continuation. Access Chapter 2 continues to condemn barbaric acts by selfish men, with ill intentions against the LGBTI community. AC2 further calls on the Government to address discrimination including harassment and inhuman treatment experienced by the LGBTI+community in South Africa.
Access Chapter 2 will continue with its advocacy efforts geared towards monitoring the cases and providing Support to the victims and survivors of violence.
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