How can the South African government and its laws be challenged and held accountable for homophobic abuse, violence and stigma from the state and its citizens in a democracy? This public lecture, with Pierre de Vos, commemorates national Human Rights Day and engages with this critical question.
Pierre de Vos is the Claude Leon Foundation Chair in Constitutional Governance at the University of Cape Town (UCT) who specialises in Constitutional Law and Governance. Vos has published several articles onÂ sexual orientation discriminationÂ andÂ same-sex marriage,Â the enforcement ofÂ socio-economic rights,Â HIV/AIDS, the construction ofÂ race and racial discrimination and otherÂ human rightsÂ issues in South Africa. He is a regularÂ media commentatorÂ on South African law and its judiciary.
He was also approvingly quoted in the South African Constitutional Court judgment which legalised same-sex marriage in South Africa entitledÂ Minister of Home Affairs v Fourie. In 1994 he published a novel in Afrikaans titled Slegs Blankes/Whites Only. The novel told the story of a young Afrikaans man coming to terms his own sexuality and with the fact that his father was a member of an apartheid hit squad.
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