Community Safety MEC laments after a number of LGBTQIA+ community was attacked and killed
The Western Cape’s Community Safety MEC, Albert Fritz, expressed his concern at the unacceptable proliferation of gender-based violence.
Fritz was lamenting after a number of members of the LGBTQIA+ community have been attacked and killed across the country. The latest being 22-year-old Lonwabo Jack, whose body was found with stab wounds in a pool of blood in Mau-Mau, Nyanga East.
“Events like this shake me to the core because, as far as I am concerned, these are hate crimes, and it makes me ask serious questions about the ills which are plaguing our society, against which we as a people seem to make little headway.”
According to police, an investigation is currently underway to determine the extent of the crime.
“When we speak of gender-based violence, we include all of those who suffer violence and even death because of societal reactions and perceptions around gender. This therefore includes people like Lonwabo, who suffered this gruesome death on his birthday. Nobody deserves that. And I am not going to rest until we see a drastic reduction in gender-based violence.” Said Fritz.
Done By: Mitchum George