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South Africa government plans ‘task team’ to tackle homophobic hate crime

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  1. Clark Downes 4 May 2011, 4:12pm

    Its a start. But as to if the people involved ( aside from the LGBT ones ) will actually care and give their all to the cause is another – this could all just possibly be a vacade so South Africa actually look like their responding to the criticism positively …. all rather coincidental too what with the U.S.A contemplating less/no aid to countries that participate in things such as homophobic hate crime.

    Still its took long enough for this country. I mean as gay friendly as the police i’ve dealt with have been one lesbian officer said being gay in the police is really hard. So were not entirely transparent in this country in terms of views – still its better the homophobes stay silent than be as they are in places like Uganda

    1. Clark, you couldn’t be more wrong. South Africa is nothing like other African countries when it comes to homosexuality. It was one of the first countries in the world to have a constitution that outlawed discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. And it was also the fifth country in the world to legalise same sex marriage. Unfortunately, when legislation changes, social attitudes do not change. This is true anywhere in the world. And, trust me, this is definitely not a cynical attempt to continue extracting aid money from the USA. SA is one country that need not do this. However, this is good news. It is great to see the gov’t finally taking the issue seriously!

      1. Clark Downes 4 May 2011, 9:21pm

        Thanks for informing me , I never knew any of that , though my knowledge is limited when it comes to it.

        Though, not arguing, but in terms of my experience legislation, especially when it comes to things such as equality, is usually dictated by social attitudes. People protested for equality in England and eventually they got forms of legislation to allow it ( such as gay legalisation in privacy and over time this has developed to become part of the Equality Act 2010 which now in theory means we should be treated the same as a straight counterpart.) If legislation wasnt dictated by cultural demands then there would be very few protests and debates.

        That said different countries operate differently – though surly the proposed anti gay bill only reflected the publics opinions or it would of not come about?

        1. This is true in most cases. However, SA is a very religious country (70% or so are church-attending Christians), many are opposed to gay marriage, legalised abortion and so on. The reason SA has such a liberal constitution was because at the end of apartheid, the ruling party and those responsible for drafting the constitution rightly agreed that it would be wrong to outlaw racial discrimination and not other kinds of discrimination. They knew that it would not be a popular choice but thankfully they went ahead and did it anyway!

  2. paul canning 4 May 2011, 6:24pm

    Here is a really good background report from the women who has driven this issue for well over a year

  3. Jock S. Trap 5 May 2011, 7:55am

    It is a start but clearly more needs to be done via education to show this as unacceptable behaviour.
    Yet again this is about over inflated male egos thinking they can do what the hell they like at the expense of a horrific crime they feel they will get away with.
    I hope this ‘task team’ goes someway to improving the situation but also hope that the clear current soceity african attitudes can be kept out of the team also.
    I guess at least we have an African country showing willing to sort out these problems, something that is lacking from many other African nations.

  4. Hurray for SA and especially for

    The African backlash against human rights stops here..

    a definite sign of hope..

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