Love Not Hate is outraged by the brutal murder of 29-year-old “Jamie” Adnaan Davids on 3 March 2020. Davids, who was a well-known drag queen, and used the pronouns she and her, was stabbed more than 20 times. Her body was found in a field in Bokmakierie, in the Western Cape.
On Monday 9 March, community members came to show their support for the Davids family at the Athlone Magistrate’s Court, where the three accused – Nazier Ismail, Faizel Rademeyer and Mogamat Aashiq Bachelor – appeared before Magistrate Keith le Keur on murder charges.
The bail hearing was postponed until Monday 16 March. There is a call from community members and the deceased’s family for the court to reject the alleged murderers’ bail application. An online petition has been launched to bring attention to the matter. It states that if bail is granted, it will send a “strong message to the community and to vulnerable groups that their lives do not matter and justice is not done or seen to be done.”
The family of the deceased is convinced that this was a hate crime due to the brutality of the attack. The perpetrators knew Davids and were also aware that she identified as a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer and (LGBTIQ) community.
“LGBTIQ lives are proving to be more and more dispensable,” says Roché Kester, the Hate Crimes Manager for the Love Not Hate programme at OUT.
Moude Maodi-Swartz, the Paralegal Officer for the programme, adds that “it is important for existing structures to find more effective measures to deal with violence against the LGBTIQ community. Government needs to add greater visibility to LGBTIQ issues as civil society organisations can only do so much to create awareness.”
Davids’ murder took place two days after the annual Cape Town Pride Festival. Also, a day before the Pride Parade, a 25-year-old LGBTIQ woman was accosted by two teenage boys in the suburb of Lotus River in the Western Cape and sodomised with the intention of “correcting” her sexuality.
“While the community may be able to celebrate certain liberties and progresses, it is obvious that there is still a huge amount of discrimination and ignorance toward the LGBTIQ community,” says Kester.
“It is clear that drastic measures need to be taken to ensure the safety of LGBTIQ people in our society” she adds. “We are in need of allies more than ever to call out homophobic and transphobic speech and attitudes. It has been proven that hate crimes are often resultant from callous and derogatory language. This language becomes normalised in society and is used to send the message, whether directly or indirectly, that LGBTIQ individuals do not have the right to exist safely and with dignity in our communities.”
The Love Not Hate Legal Clinic provides free legal and hate crime support and services to the LGBTIQ community. It operates Monday-Friday, 09:00–15:30: face-to-face (in Pretoria), telephonically or via email. For more information or an appointment contact us on 012 430 3272 / email@example.com / www.lovenothate.org.za.