GOOD Statement by Carlos Mesquita,
GOOD Leadership Representative: LGBTQI+ community
12 February 2024
As Cape Town prepares to commemorate Pride this month, GOOD mourns the death of 21-year-old Diego Jacobs, a gay man who was stabbed to death in a suspected hate crime.
Jacobs was murdered earlier this month in Delft while walking home.
It’s understood Jacobs, accompanied by two friends, was approached by a former neighbour, who had previously harassed him about his queer identity. The group was stopped and then verbally abused by the suspect.
According to reports, Diego was then allegedly stabbed in the neck with a knife, while the attacker was shouting homophobic insults. He tragically passed away in one of his friend’s arms.
It’s unthinkable that in South Africa, where a constitution guarantees the rights of all its citizens, irrespective of their sexual orientation, there are still young men walking the streets thinking they can harass and even kill people because of their sexual orientation.
While GOOD aligns itself with Pride and celebrates our many victories as the LGBTQIA+ community, this senseless murder of a young man in his prime is a reminder that we have a long way to go in achieving true equality, freedom and justice.
This year Pride should again be a political protest for freedom to be who we are, equal under the law and in life, and a demand for justice to prevail when some impeach on these rights.
We dedicate our participation in Pride 2024 to the life and memory of Diego Jacobs and express our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones.
Our fight for equality continues unabated.
Carlos Mesquita, Spokesperson for GOOD in Western Cape Provincial Parliament
Cell: 071 341 3378
Janke Tolmay, GOOD Media Manager
Cell: 073 367 1223