South Africa: Gay couple attacked and called 'fags' after leaving nightclub

Published: September 12, 2013

 The incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning in Rosebank after the couple had left a gay-friendly nightclub.

 
“We had just left a theme party at a club, and wanted to get something to eat. I was dressed as Marilyn Monroe and my boyfriend Gerald Pereira wore an afro wig. We put our wigs in the car and bought food from a vendor on the sidewalk,” Stephan Annandale told the Rosebank Killarney Gazette.
 
“One asked why I was wearing a dress, and Pereira replied ‘Maybe he likes it’. The men asked if we were gays and we said that we were. Then they started verbally abusing us, calling us ‘fags’,” Mr Annandale added.
 
Mr Pereira was punched in the face – with one of the attackers scratching the victim’s shoulder and bashing his lip with a ring.
 
Police in the surrounding area have been accused of ignoring the incident and the victims have lodged a complaint.
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