The South African victim (right) is humiliated on camera
Following a racist and homophobic attack on a South African student in Russia, attorney and leading figure in Pretoria’s LGBT community Coenie Kukkuk has called on the government to issue a travel advisory to gay South Africans travelling to Russia.
Kukkuk, who has been behind events such as Mr. Gay South Africa and publishes the Gayspeak newsletter, has written to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and the Russian Ambassador to South Africa demanding that action be taken.
According to various reports, the 20-year-old South African student was lured by a homophobic group in the city of Belgorod who then apparently kidnapped him and proceeded to humiliate him with anti-gay and racist slurs on camera.
During the ordeal, the young man, who appears to be from Johannesburg, was also forced to strip and to simulate oral sex on a beer bottle. The thugs also slap him, make him kiss a watermelon – then smash it into his face – and shave off his hair.
He was then reportedly expelled by Belgorod State University, where it is believed he was studying, when he reported the incident.
In his letter to the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Kukkuk alerts her to the incident and asks her “to issue a travel warning to all South Africans of travel to the Russian Federation and to boycott the 2014 Sochi Olympics”.
“We have had South Africans participating in Winter Olympics in the past and even if we do not in 2014, we request the government not to send any South African official representatives to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games,” said Kukkuk.
In another letter to the Russian Ambassador Mikhail Ivanovich Petrakov, Kukkuk reiterates his outrage at the incident and demands “an investigation as these perpetrators can easily be identified, as well as an explanation by the Russian authorities to the South African people”.
“We would be obliged to receive your comments as to the safety of South Africans of colour as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex South Africans in Russia as soon as possible,” he added.
Kukkuk said that he had also sent the letter to the South African Embassy in Moscow.
Occupy Paedophilia, the neo-Nazi group that has taken credit for the young man’s torture claims that they lured him with the promise of a sexual liaison with a 15-year-old boy. This network of anti-gay thugs has been implicated in numerous “sting” operations in which young gay people are filmed being abused and humiliated. The videos are then posted online.
Mambaonline has chosen not to include the student’s name in our report or include a link to the video to protect his privacy.