Vurgee Tshabalala was allegedly s3xually assaulted by three men who had offered him a lift from Soshanguve, South Africa to town last week. On their way, the men stopped the car, and forced him to take off his clothes. “They told me they wanted to see my private parts and then s3xually assaulted me,” said Tshabalala.
The g*y man went to open a case with the police but instead the officers burst into laughter and made fun of him. According to Pretoria North Reckord, the police officers who treated Tshbalalala with scorn could themselves face the law after he was advised to file a case with the independent police investigative directorate.
The directorate investigates cases of misconduct against the police. Soshanguve police spokesperson, Lolo Mangena said:
“Legally that is discrimination. When you are treated unfairly in certain areas of the law, that is discrimination. That is not how we operate as police. If you are treated unfairly or differently from other people because of gender, s3xual orientation, religion, skin colour, political or intellectual ability, a complaint can be laid against the police officers who assisted him. That is if he can remember them, their names, or at least can identify them.”
Mangena said Tshabalala’s ordeal at the police station was tantamount to s3xual assault. Mangena advised him to file a complaint with the directorate.
“This is another sort of discrimination. This means he was hassled in a s3xual way and he did not like it. It can include someone suggesting or trying to get you to have s3x, trying to touch you in a way you do not like, or displaying photographs that upset or offend you. S3xual harassment is against the law in South Africa.” Mangena added.