Yesterday we were reminded of how the Justice system of South Africa continues to fail queer bodies and queer lives.
The trial for the brutal murder of Lerato Tambai Moloi was meant to commence yesterday, at the Johannesburg High Court (3rd December 2018). When the family of the deceased and Activists from around Gauteng arrived at the Johannesburg High Court, they were informed that the trial is sitting at the Palm ridge High Court in Tokoza, East of Johannesburg. The family was not notified of these changes. The Police Officer handling the case was contacted for clarification and he confirmed that the case has commence at the Palm Ridge High court.
Justice for queer bodies remains a very sensitive and difficult issues to address in South Africa. With the case not being prioritised by the Johannesburg Department of Justice and Constitutional Development’s Provincial Task Team (PTT), who have offices across the Johannesburg High Court in Johannesburg. The PTT did not follow-up on the process of the case. The case was remanded for Wednesday the 5th of December 2018 and at this point we are not sure if the trial will continue and we await feedback from the prosecution by Wednesday.
The prioritisation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) cases and human rights by the criminal justice system remains questioned to this date in South Africa.
Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW)
OUT LGBT Well-being (OUT)
Rainbow Activist Alliance (RAA)
Access Chapter 2 (AC2)
Actionaid South Africa