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NEW HORROR LESBIAN HATE MURDER IN JOBURG

Mon, 1 July 2013

Duduzile Zozo (Source: Facebook)
A lesbian woman has been brutally raped with a toilet brush and murdered in what is believed to have been a hate crime in Ekurhuleni over the weekend.

The Daily Sun reported on Monday that the half-naked body of 26-year-old Duduzile Zozo was found in Thokoza, Ekurhuleni, outside of Johannesburg, on Sunday morning.

Police revealed that they had discovered a toilet brush rammed into her vagina.

Zozo's grieving mother, Thuziwe Zozo, told the newspaper that she suspects that her daughter was murdered because of her sexuality.

“She was a lesbian but she has never had any problems before. People loved and appreciated her," she said.

In one of her final posts on Facebook on Friday, the young woman wrote: "In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take, relationship we are afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make..."

Police said that they were investigating reports that she had been seen in a tavern on Saturday night.

Captain Godfrey Maditsi urged the community "to come forward with any information that could help put those responsible behind bars".

An emotional Thulisle Msiza, Director of Ekurhuleni LGBTI, told Mambaonline that she was shocked and saddened by news of the latest attack.

“It seems that as lesbians we cannot go anywhere. We cannot be ourselves. We have to hide ourselves, otherwise we get killed. We have to stay indoors – like caged animals,” she said. “It’s like we are living in the apartheid era again and homosexuals are the ones that are being oppressed.”

The Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality has been the location of a number of brutal attacks on lesbian women.

In April, the body of the openly lesbian Patricia Mashigo (36), a self-employed sales woman and mother of two children, was discovered out in the open in the Daveyton township.

She appeared to have been stoned to death. Rocks and stones were found near her body.

Days later, activists gathered in nearby KwaThema to mark the second anniversary of the murder of 24-year-old Noxolo Nogwaza, a particularly brutal hate crime that remains unsolved. Nogwaza too was stoned to death.

Last week, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ&CD) issued a statement about the status of its controversial National Task Team which is aimed at "promoting and enhancing the rights of LGBTI communities" with the immediate priority "to address violence against LGBTI people".

The task team, which consists of government players and some LGBTI rights groups, has been criticised for having accomplished very little during its more than two years in existence. 

There have, however, been recent moves to reinvigorate the task team.

The DOJ&CD said that an action plan has now been formulated "to address violence against LGBTI people as well as the monitoring of pending and unresolved criminal cases involving LGBTI victims".

It further said that the task team also intends to sensitise government officials to the service needs of LGBTI people and that a communication strategy is under development to raise awareness on issues of discrimination against LGBTI people.

“We are committed to further equality for all in South Africa. This not only involves the passing of relevant legislation but also actively working for social equality. Our Task Team will therefore also address attitudes of our own staff and the broader public. We are joining hands with civil society and want to make an impact,” said Advocate Ooshara Sewpaul, a task team member from the DOJ&CD.

Unfortunately, for Duduzile Zozo and many others like her these strategies and action plans have come too late.

Eugene Brockman from the Gay Flag of South Africa said that the latest statement from the DOJ&CD revealed nothing new. He expressed concern that the task team had still not committed to any fixed time frames to accomplish its work.

“It’s very vague about when they are going to do things. They have had two years to do something,” he said.

Msiza added that while she welcomed the efforts of the task team and LGBTI activists working with government, “It’s not enough. More people need to come and stand against this. Things are bad, really bad,” she said.

AN UPDATE ON THIS STORY CAN BE FOUND HERE

by Staff Writer

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razz 7/16/2013 7:26:13 PM Down Up Reply REPLY
screw demonstrations... it's time we show these mothafuckers we can fight back... i say we hunt the son of a bitch down and tear him (them?) limb for limb! this makes me so sick! time we took up arms, folks! this can't go on!
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Halina Bendkowski 7/4/2013 11:25:35 AM Down Up Reply REPLY
Me again from Berlin, Germany, I already contacted several LGBT's here and everyone is so shocked and disturbed , not even to receive the whole story of Duduzile Zozo. Please all human rights activists get active to support the (still) living LGBT's in South Africa.
Nelson Mandela' heritage cannot dying with him.
Please send articles in English about the searching for the perpetrators and their ideologues.
No more peace for those who destroy it for others.
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vaughan 7/4/2013 9:43:54 AM Down Up Reply REPLY
MAY HER SOUL REST IN PEACE
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Mhou Mhoza Malangeni 7/4/2013 2:30:00 AM Down Up Reply REPLY
Thy can rape us beat us we wont change bcs of HOMOPHOBIC ppl, as long ma God z nt HOMOPHOBIC. Wat thy dd 2 hr ts totally rong n t wont help. may hr soul rest in piece
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WelcomeToSA 7/4/2013 12:15:27 AM Down Up Reply REPLY
Fact of the matter is: she's black, she's no Leigh Matthews and the media time-buying money her parents have and we are all too concerned with documenting all of Mandela's last breaths to give a shot about this horrendous, despicable and depraved act of violence. Expecting the politicians to care when there's no election nearby is a futile exercise.

The gay action groups will do nothin but condemn, condemn and condemn until we all turn blue in the face through media statements but nothing tangible will ever come out of that.

When will South African LGBTI community realise that with great freedom cea great responsibility?

In the words of Brokeback Mountain's Jack Twist: "This is a goddamn bitch of an unsatisfactory situation."
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Tucker Farley 7/3/2013 10:48:27 PM Down Up Reply REPLY
Lesbians, and GBTI people and allies globally, have been taking the brunt of the furor fed by the Right __ which stirs up homophobia (as a way of deflecting attention from their own crimes of robbing the poor to enrich the wealthy). Support the progressive movements that support the most vulnerable lesbians.
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Halina Bendkowski 7/3/2013 10:28:07 PM Down Up Reply REPLY
Why are there no mass demonstrations in South Africa like in India?
Where is an international appeal to challenge South Africa's government for their neglect of the security for LGBT people, but especially Lesbians ???
What is known about the perpetrators?
How horrible to go on.
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Dagmar Schultz 7/3/2013 10:09:20 PM Down Up Reply REPLY
This is terrible news. It makes me cry with pain, anger, sadness. And feeling so helpless - what can we do to support you?? International media work? I will send this to friends internationally. Dagmar Schultz dagmar@dagmarschultz.com (www.audrelorde-theberlinyears.com)
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Theo 7/3/2013 7:51:38 PM Down Up Reply REPLY
I'm so horrified...I didn't know you Duduzile Zozo , but God bless and keep you. You didn't deserve to be treated like that...what terrible terrible people people (I use the word very loosely) surround us . Your poor mother..
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Brad 7/3/2013 4:56:25 PM Down Up Reply REPLY
This is horrific, I am shocked....
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straight 7/2/2013 12:37:46 PM Down Up Reply REPLY
I have 3 very close friends that are gay and a uncle and to imagine something like this to happen to then sickens me. It does NOT matter who you are or who you love or sleep with we were all made by one God. Why can't these sick f### not go and kill the ppl that rape and murder and use children as sex slave why not kill them? I really wish and pray that all these old school nonsense will stop no man or women deserves this just because they in a same sex relationship .... We don't live in 1885 helloooooooo wake up and let all rather stand up together straight or gay .....
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ntombie 7/2/2013 8:14:32 AM Down Up Reply REPLY
We sai we live in a democratic country whre evry1 hv to do wth evr she/he wnt,whre evry1 hv to date who evr sh/he wnt to be wth bt homosexuals are stil treated lyk criminals who r hated#cryng# whr we sups to go who we spse to be if we cnt be our selves,we r ere to live am so hurt,don't kno0w waT t0 sai R.I.P ma cstrs we lve u no1 ill ply ur rle again as LGBTI we r in ur sde,iwder wh s nxt bt ill nver chnGe jxt for(ukonelisa omunye umuntu)nver
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Katia 7/2/2013 2:39:00 AM Down Up Reply REPLY
Eternal memory...
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JustMe 7/1/2013 7:50:20 PM Down Up Reply REPLY
Oh for heavens sake! Screw the DOJ&CD...they have been formulating plans for YEARS and have come up with sweet F-all!!!!!! They are as useful as a refrigerator in an igloo. How about educating the masses that while they may reserve the right to their opinion, they have NO RIGHT infringe the rights of others. We live among blatant barbarians - savages!
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Herman Lategan 7/1/2013 2:13:22 PM Down Up Reply REPLY
And 99% of my straight friends will just keep quiet and look the other way. This is terrible. In the end we stand alone, and we have to fight our own battles.
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Kelly 7/1/2013 2:13:22 PM Down Up Reply REPLY
The really sad thing is that 99% of your gay friends will also just keep quiet and look the other way. And say things like "why must Pride by political, we just want to have fun..." Blurgh...
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