JWG statement death of Eudy Simelane
May 05, 2008
The Joint Working Group (JWG) was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the brutal murder of former Banyana Banyana player Eudy Simelane.
Eudy was assaulted, raped and murdered by five men in the Tornado section of Kwa Thema on Monday 28th April. Five men have been arrested for her murder and made their first court appearance on Wednesday 30th April.
The JWG is appalled at this brutality of this attack and send our condolences and solidarity to the friends and family of Eudy at this terrible time. We are deeply concerned that this is the latest in an increasing trend of violence aimed at black lesbian women and growing prejudice and discrimination being experienced by people on the grounds of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The JWG fully supports all protest actions taking place around this case organised by concerned residents and the 070707 campaign. We call on all JWG members, allies, LGBTI people and members of wider society to take a stand against Hate Crime and discrimination. We call on the justice system to send a message that they take this issue seriously by denying bail to individuals accused of rape and murder. We further demand that community, government and religious leaders in Kwa Thema and throughout South Africa stand up and speak out on the issue of Hate Crime.
A Memorial Service was held for Eudy on the 1st May at the Central Methodist Church in Kwa Thema. Her funeral was held at the Great Hall at the Kwa Thema Civic Centre at 8am on Sunday 4th May. The next court appearance of the five men accused of her murder will be on Monday 5th May at 9am at the Springs Magistrates Court. – Issued by JWG
The JWG is an informal network of registered non profit organisations providing services to LGBTI people across South Africa. It aims to strengthen the organised LGBTI sector, and to maximise combined responses to LGBT needs through partnerships, the collective use of resources, and by drawing on the strengths of participating organisations.