Thursday, May 19, 2011

Killing of a Durban lesbian sparks hate crime protest [iol]


Women protest outside Durban's City Hall after a 
lesbian was raped and  killed in KwaMashu. The 
protesters claimed the government was not  
protecting gay citizens. Picture: Mthobisi Mbanjwa
The murder of a Durban woman has angered the gay and lesbian community, who are demanding government take hate crimes more seriously.

Nqobile Khumalo, 23, went missing on May 4 and her body was found in a shallow grave near her parents’ home in KwaMashu’s F-Section two days later, said police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge.

A man has been arrested in connection with her murder and is in Westville Prison awaiting a bail application.

Khumalo’s funeral was held in KwaMashu on Saturday.

Police say they have no knowledge of Khumalo’s murder being linked to her being a lesbian. But Lexit - an organisation that defends the rights of lesbian and bisexual women - claims Khumalo was killed because of her sexual preference.

The organisation staged a protest outside the Durban City Hall yesterday, singing and waving placards, to show anger at the murder.

“This is part of a nationwide protest because many lesbians are being raped and killed yet nothing is being done,” said chairwoman Thobeka Khoza. 

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