‘More must be done to protect Africa's gay community’

Homophobic violence was discussed at a summit hosted by the Justice Department and the SAHRC.

Minister of the Department of Justice Michael Masutha. Picture:GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Justice Minister Michael Masutha says more must be done in Africa to protect the gay community from unacceptably high levels of violence.

The Justice Department, together with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), is hosting a three-day summit aimed at building a declaration.

Among the delegates are activists and academics from SAHRC and organisations across the continent.

The SAHRC Chairperson Mabedle Mushwana says even in South Africa, where the Constitution protects the rights of the gay and transgender community, the levels of violence against are unacceptably high.

"It is a reminder that it is not only legislation that can be utilised to end these attacks on the minority."

Justice Minister Michael Masutha says a resolution was taken by the African Commission on Human Rights in 2014 and must be supported.

Masutha says a declaration taken in this seminar will hopefully urge governments to take the same stance.