On Thursday 20 May a demonstration was held outside the Department of Home Affairs in Cape Town, South Africa, to protest against the sentencing of Malawian couple Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga. The two men were given 14 years in jail for ‘gross indecency’ and the ‘crime’ of getting engaged.
To punish these two men for as innocent a thing as showing their commitment to each other is unjust, inhumane and an abject violation of human rights. The SJC calls on the South African government to intervene in order to reverse this shameful act of discrimination and victimisation in Malawi.
Below is a video of the protest, and also a link to the online petition calling for Steven and Tiwonge’s immediate release. Please sign the petition and share both the petition and the video with others, in order to increase the volume of the call for justice.