The trial of the men who allegedly beat and raped
20 year old Luanda in a homophobic attack, has been postponed until June 22nd after two of the three accused failed to show up at the Blue Downs Magistrate Court.
“The magistrate’s reaction was to issue warrants of arrest and to postpone the case,” said The Triangle Project’s Jill Henderson, who is part of the Western Cape End Hate Campaign.
“When Mfuleni SAPS were contacted in March, we were informed that three men had already appeared in court on the 11th March 2009 on a charge of Rape. However, at the court date on 29th May, the charges cited were sexual assault and physical assault,” said Henderson.
“Based on Luanda’s statement and sexual offences legislation the charge should be rape, not sexual assault. And this is what Triangle Project and the Western Cape End Hate Campaign will be following up and pushing for,” she added.
Luanda’s case is said to be the first case of rape against a black gay man from a township to have reached trial in the Western Cape Province.