People demonstrate at the Tanzania High Commission.
JAMES MAHLOKWANE

Scores of marchers gathered at the Tanzania High Commission in Pretoria to demonstrate their support for SA human rights lawyers arrested for promoting homosexuality in Tanzania.

Two South African lawyers were among the 13 people arrested last week. Their arrest has since been described as a terrible violation of human rights.

Among those arrested is popular human rights lawyer Sibongile Ndashe, the executive director of the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (Isla). 

People demonstrate at the Tanzania High Commission.


Tanzanian authorities arrested the group after they raided a legal meeting between Isla and Community Health Services and Advocacy last Tuesday in Dar es Salaam.

Various organisations advocating human rights are outside the High Commission office calling on Tanzanian authorities to release Sibongile and others. 

Sibongile's mother, Winnie Ndashe said: "My daughter has not done anything bad her entire life. She was arrested for doing her job, which is to fight for the rights of other people,"

Tshwane DA leaders made their way to the office to show support and send a strong message to Tanzania.

DA PR Clr Crezane Bosch said: "We believe in freedom, fairness and equality. Tanzanian authorities need to wake up and respect and accept people regardless of their sexual orientation,"