Another lesbian have been reported raped and murdered - this time in KwaMushi, outside Durban. This murder is the latest in an epidemic of horrific attacks against lesbian women in South Africa. Currently, there are at least five such cases in the courts across the country.
According to the Kwa-Zulu-Natal-based organisation LEXIT, Nqobile Khumalo went missing on the 3rd of May. The following day, her frantic family reported her missing to the authorities and began to search for her in mortuaries and hospitals.
On the 8th of May, Khumalo's ex-boyfriend was identified as the last person to have been seen with her. When interrogated by police he allegedly confessed to killing her, apparently because he could not accept that she was in love with a woman and would not take him back.
The suspect took police to where he buried Khumalo's body; in a shallow grave just meters away from her parents' home in the township.
It appears that she was raped in addition to having been beaten and choked to death. LEXIT said that "her body was covered in bruises and her eyes had popped out of the sockets".
The suspect is in police custody. Khumalo will be buried by her family on Thursday.
(See full article on MambaOnline)
Just last week, a 13-year-old lesbian was raped in Pretoria, while the week before 24-year-old lesbian activist Noxola Nogwaza was raped and brutally murdered in Kwa-Thema township, outside of Johannesburg.
The government recently announced the formation of a task team that will be set up to deal with hate crimes agasint LBGT people, with a particular focus on 'corrective rape'.