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SA govt ‘refusing’ to free gay Ugandan

Section 27 says a court order to release the doctor from custody has been deliberately ignored.

A rainbow flag, representing equality for members of the LGBTI community. Picture: Stock.xchng.

JOHANNESBURG - South African activists are calling on government to stop the deportation of Ugandan doctor and human rights activist Paul Semugoma.

Rights group Section 27 says a court order to release the doctor from custody has been deliberately ignored by the Department of Home Affairs.

Semugoma has been in police custody for the past 48 hours.

He allegedly entered the country from Zimbabwe with incorrect documentation.

Section 27's Anso Thom says Home Affairs is blatantly ignoring the court.

"They have refused to release him from custody. They are deliberately going against this court order and we feel this is undermining the independence of the judiciary."

She says she's also extremely worried the doctor will be jailed for being gay if he is deported.

Semugoma has been a gay activist in this country for past three years.