Fact: 55% of LGBTI South Africans live in fear that they might experience discrimination.* Regionally, those in the Eastern Cape, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal are more likely to fear discrimination. This fear leads many of us to avoid certain situations, to restrict our behaviour and to not live full and open lives.
If you have been the victim of hate speech or discrimination you can lodge a case with an Equality Court in your area. It is free and you do not need a lawyer.
Contact the nearest Magistrates’ Court and ask for the Equality Court. A clerk will give you a Form 2 to complete and to lodge a complaint. For more information, visit www.justice.gov.za/EQCact/eqc_main.html.
You can also file a complaint with the SA Human Rights Commission on their website at www.sahrc.org.za.
*According to the 2016 report Hate Crimes Against LGBT People in South Africa (by OUT LGBT Well-being)