Justice has been denied to Bobby Motlatla of Potchefstroom, who was found dead in his bedroom on 10 November 2015; Phoebe Titus-Wolseley died on 27 December 2015, a transwoman stabbed to death; Motshidisi Pascalina Melamu died in Evaton on 18 December 2015, her body found in an open field; David Olyne died in Ceres on 22 March 2014, and while one person was found guilty, police have not followed up other leads in this case that remains open.
It was for these cases and the many others that have occurred in recent months, that a small but vocal group of protesters gathered outside OUT LGBT Wellbeing in Hatfield, Pretoria, earlier today. Their message was clear: Stop the violence against LGBTQ+ people.
Lerato Phalakatshela, Hate Crime Manager at OUT, said to GaySA Radio that it was important to do the protest because there are a lot of LGBTQ+ murders going on in the country. He said: “We feel the government is not doing anything about this.” It is, for this reason, that attention needed to be drawn to this issue through a public protest.
Bruce Walker of Pretoria LGBTQ+ Pride was one of the about 50 protesters who lined the street outside OUT’s offices, He said that he felt it was time to re-politicise pride events, as there is too much violence against the community.
Other protesters that GaySA Radio spoke to all said they wanted to show support for the issues and be visible.
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