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05 May 2011

Task team to tackle gay hate crimes

The South African government has finally set up a national task team to tackle hate crimes against lesbians and gays, the justice and constitutional development ministry said.

The South African government has finally set up a national task team to tackle hate crimes against lesbians and gays, the justice and constitutional development ministry said.

This is just 4 weeks after the body of 20 years old Nokuthula Radebe was discovered and which has never been reported in the media.

  • amending the sexual offences act so as to include sexual orientation as an aggravating factor, which would lead to heavier sentences.
  • as a preventative measure, allowing the use of magistrates courts as equality courts to address any harassment, discrimination or hate speech.
  • consultations on the minimum sentences for hate crimes, inclusive of rape on the basis of sexual orientation.
  • emphasising the need for sensitivity around LGBT cases in the service charter for victims of crime.
  • sensitivity training for the South African police, justice ministry and National Prosecutors Office.

 
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