FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PASSOP welcomes the sentencing to 18 years in prison of the men found guilty of murdering lesbian Zoliswa Nkonyana.
The court in Khayelitsha has sent a strong message by finding that the men who killed Ms. Nkonyana did so because she was living openly as a lesbian and that this warranted the harshest penalty. The message is that such hate crimes and blatant homophobia will not be tolerated in South Africa.
We hope that this message is heard loud and clear across the rest of the continent, where homophobic discrimination is widespread and where homosexuality is a crime. Our new project works to assist and advocate for the rights of gay and lesbian refugees who have been forced to flee their home countries and are seeking refuge in South Africa.
Although in many parts of South African society homophobia is still prevalent, today we are proud that South Africa’s legal system has upheld our Constitution and has set an example to the rest of Africa to follow.
We commend the efforts of the all activists and civil society organisations who have been fighting for this day.
For comment or more information, contact:
David von Burgsdorff (0746602583) or Junior Mayema (0736884811)