SOUTH AFRICA HIT BY A WAVE OF GAY AND TRANS HATE MURDERS

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05/23/2021

A wave of brutal murders of gay men and trans women has hit South Africa. The death toll over the last three months has now reached at least ten known individuals. The latest victims were 23-year-old gay man, Lindokuhle Mapu and 27-year-old trans woman, Khulekani Gomazi. Police and government officials have been widely criticised for their lack of action in pursuing the murderers and protecting the LGBTQI+ community. A coalition of over 30 South African LGBTQI+ groups and allied civil society organisations have demanded action from the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Ronald Lamola. In a meeting between the coalition and Lamola held on May 5, the Minister acknowledged that the National Task Team, the Rapid Response Team, and the Provincial Task Teams, which are led by the department and are intended to address hate crimes, were dysfunctional. He also confirmed that only R2.4 million ($220,000) of the R26 million ($2.4m) committed to anti-hate crime strategies had been allocated.

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