Zimbabwe: it’s ok to stab gay people

Timothy Kincaid

March 26th, 2014

It’s beginning to look as if the entire population of the continent of Africa has lost its collective mind. Here’s the latest evidence.

In Zimbabwe, a man was acquitted of stabbing another man because he accused the victim of being gay. (DailyNews)

With regard to the nature of the case, [regional magistrate Sikhumbuzo] Nyathi also admitted that issues pertaining to homosexuality in Zimbabwe were controversial.

“In Zimbabwe, the issue of homosexuality is a controversial one to such extent that it has drawn into the fray, the highest office in the country. Some people are known to hold strong views on homosexuality,” he said.

As a result Nyathi, found Phiri not guilty.

SharonB

March 26th, 2014

They are reaping a whirlwind of hate.
No one to blame, but those who so gleefully sowed the seeds.

FYoung

March 26th, 2014

And the victim doesn’t actually have to be gay. It’s enough if the killer claims he was.

When homophobia is officially endorsed, no one is safe.

Sam R

March 28th, 2014

‘The whole continent of Africa?’

Bit harsh to blame a whole continent! South Africa decriminalised male same-sex acts long before the US did, and enshrined gay rights in their constitution, something which still has not happened in US.

As to the offence, the magistrate did not acquit the accused on the basis that it is okay to stab gay people.

Let’s read the link.

On the one hand, the case turns on the old ‘gay panic’ defence which still pops up its ugly head in the UK and US from time to time. (I.e ‘a gay man chatted me up, I saw red and stabbed him in ‘self-defence’).

But here there seem to have been evidential issues – accused said victim had been ‘caressing him without his consent’. If this were true, this would entitle the defendant to strike out in self defence, although stabbing may be going too far.

Also the magistrate found that there were ‘contradictions and inconsistencies ‘ in the evidence put forward. Well, if true that would ground an acquittal anywhere.

Now don’t get me wrong. I would not be surprised if anti-gay prejudice is behind the acquittal. But on the face of it there were reasons for the not guilty verdict. Let’s get some perspective here. This is NOT a case of ‘oh the victim was gay so it was okay to stab him, because yuk.’

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