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LESBIAN BURNT TO DEATH

Thu, 2 December 2010

The burnt remains of a 21 year old lesbian have reportedly been found in a disused toilet in Kwazulu Natal. By the time her body was discovered, dogs had already begun to scavenge her bones.

According to the Star newspaper, Ncumisa Mzamelo lived as an openly lesbian woman; a fact which her friends believe was the motive behind her murder.

While police have yet to confirm the body's identity through DNA tests, the community is convinced it is Mzamelo, a newspaper vendor who disappeared on the 7th of November.

"The way she died points to a deep-rooted hatred. There was nothing left of her, just a skull, a spinal cord and a pelvic bone," Mpume Mbatha, director of the local NGO Project Empower, told the newspaper.

Police in Bhambayi, New Town C, Indaba are investigating the killing but no arrests have yet been made.

Acclaimed lesbian photographer Zanele Muholi said that she was sad and extremely disturbed by the news of Mzamelo's death.

"This comes at a critical period in which we are supposedly attempting to end violence on women and children in our country. Today marks eight days after the beginning and before the end of 16 Days of Activism," she said.

South Africa has been plagued by a spate of murders and rapes of lesbian women. Activists have warned that hate crimes and the "corrective rapes" of lesbians in South Africa are reaching crisis proportions.

by Staff Writer

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Jesse 12/3/2010 9:29:20 PM Down Up Reply REPLY
Hate Crimes Legislation NOW. We need as a matter of urgency a statute that would provide for minimum sentences in cases of hate crimes i.e. crimes committed because of prejudice and intolerance based on race/sex/gender identity/sexual orientation/disability/birth/nationality/belief/religion/social status and any other conceivable bias.
We need it NOW.
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Anon 12/3/2010 8:13:49 PM Down Up Reply REPLY
Speechless. I can't believe that in this day and age things like this are still happening. The horror of what that poor woman must have suffered is beyond belief.

It just goes to show how primitive and barbaric uncivilized non-western cultures can be, that someone can do such harm to another. It makes one think that maybe the Boers did us a favor by colonizing this country.

May she rest in peace.
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Anon2 12/3/2010 8:13:49 PM Down Up Reply REPLY
Speechless. Dude, you are getting it all wrong. It's not about culture or conolisation etc. This is just an unacceptable human behaviour. Lets not bring culture and this babaric behaviour together. It happens everywhere, people are bullied, abused and killed everywhere coz of their sexual oriantation. just UNACCEPTABLE!

Don't start pissing people off with your cultural shit that you dont seem to understand. Killing is not accepted in any culture or form. It's all different types of human beings that are violeted, boers, "non-western" and western people. Lets leave culture on some other forum on a different day.

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