Gauteng MEC leads march to highlight abuse against LGBTI community

Last month an openly lesbian woman from Soweto was found murdered in a suspected hate crime.

Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane is expected to lead a march in Sebokeng in the Vaal on Friday morning to highlight abuse against the gay community.

Nkosi-Malobane says the purpose of the march is also to address the challenges the LGBTI community faces and bring attention to alleged police inaction.

Nkosi-Malobane says she is concerned about the number of cases that have been reported to her office in which victims of hate crime or corrective rape have been turned away by the police station because of who they choose to be in relationships with.

“And in those cases, when people go report their cases, they end up not being supported by the police.”

She says that Friday morning’s march is directed to at those police officers.

"We will be having a dialogue in that cluster with all the senior province officers to actually try and make them aware of the need of treating every member of the community equally."

Last month an openly lesbian woman from Soweto was found murdered in a suspected hate crime.

Lerato Moloi’s body was found in Naledi extension with large rocks over her head.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)