out site-SLIDER out logo OUT, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) health and well-being group in Pretoria, once again calls on gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men to take precautions in light of the murders of at least eight gay men in Gauteng and the recent murder of a gay man in Cape Town.

Police have confirmed that they believe that a gang targeting gay men has been operating in these areas. Even though three men have been arrested in one of the murder cases, police have warned gay men nationally to be wary of whom they allow into their homes as other suspects may continue to target them.

The authorities further believe that, at least in some of the cases, chat rooms and online dating services may have been used to target the victims. In many of the cases there was no sign of forced entry into the victims’ homes.

“Due to stigma, discrimination and homophobia, many men create hidden ways to meet other men, such as utilising online dating services, chat rooms, and/or unsafe cruising spots,” says Dawie Nel, Director of OUT. “Men can then become vulnerable when they take these strangers into their homes,” he warns.

OUT encourages gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men to keep the following suggestions in mind:

Things to avoid

Things to do

For further information please contact Dawie Nel on 012-430 3272, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..