Justice Today

Justice Today, March 2019

Justice in Action

Dialogues to prevent violence against LGBTI persons

March 2019

The National Intervention Strategy: LGBTI Prevention Programmes for Human Rights Month.

Contact the province for more details:

Eastern Cape
Tel no (043 702 7001): Provincial LGBTIQ Hate Crime Dialogue in East London [7 March 2019]

Western Cape
Tel no (021 462 5471): Dialogue on Taking the Presidential GBV Summit Declaration Forward [28 March 2019]

Tel no (015 287 2000): Information Sessions/Dialogues (at Ga-Matlala and Lephalale) [8 March 2019]

Northern Cape
Tel no (053 802 1363): Imbizo in Pampierstad [22 March 2019 ] 

Tel no (013 753 9300): Completed dialogues in January and February 2019

North West
Tel no (018 3977 044 /26): Awareness raising campaigns; Promosa Potchefstroom Taxi rank/malls [15 March 2019]

Tel no (011 332 9070): Community dialogues and awareness road show and exhibitions) in Tshwane [30 March 2019]

Free State
Tel no (051 407 1800): Community mobilisation in Bloemfontein [19 March 2019]

Tel no (031 372 3069): Dialogue with Amakhosi and faith-based leaders in Escourt [19 March 2019]

The National Task Team (NTT) on Gender and Sexual Orientation-Based Violence perpetrated against Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual. Transgender and Inter-sex (LGBTI) persons will mark Human Rights Month with a series of LGBTI prevention dialogues in various communities through its Provincial Task Teams. The aim of the dialogues is to raise awareness on the discrimination against LGBTI persons.

The NTT was established in 2011 by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ&CD) with the aim of strengthening government’s ability to respond to the needs of LGBTI persons and to strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations to deliver related services. 

These dialogues form part of the implementation of the National Intervention Strategy which seeks to develop prevention programmes to address violence and discrimination perpetrated on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. They are further expected to improve the response of the criminal justice system in addressing such violence and discrimination.

Among the stakeholders to participating in the dialogues are faith-based organisations, traditional leaders, community-based organisations, and non-governmental organisations.

Since the establishment of the NTT there has been a significant improvement in addressing LGBTI cases in the criminal justice system. In the current financial year, 2018/19 there is a total number of 39 pending hate crimes cases. Ten of the cases were finalised with strong convictions, including 15 years direct imprisonment for murder; 13 years imprisonment for rape; 12 years direct imprisonment for murder; and 10 years imprisonment for rape, assault and. In January 2019, five cases were finalised with convictions of life imprisonment for rape and murder; life imprisonment for rape, 15 years imprisonment for robbery and 6 years imprisonment for kidnapping. The current detection rate is 73% as opposed to the murder success rate of 24% in South Africa.

“This multidisciplinary approach adopted by the NTT has worked remarkably to rapidly track the hate crime cases and respond extremely fast on the on-going cases in the criminal justice system. We are hoping the community dialogues will further assist the work of the NTT to make LGBTI persons feel safe and protected,” said Ms Ooshara Sewpaul, Chief Director: Constitutional Implementation Unit within the DOJ&CD.

By Solly Kganyago