Zoliswa Nkonyana

The trial of the men accused of murdering lesbian Zoliswa Nkonyana has been postponed to next year after more than 30 delays over four years.

Eyewitness News reported that the nine accused in the case appeared in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, where the trial was again postponed – this time to 7 March 2011.

Activists are livid at yet another delay in seeking justice for Nkonyana. The case, which has become an embarrassment for the South African criminal justice system, has been characterised by ongoing postponements and incompetence.

In September, four of the nine suspects were allegedly helped to escape by a police sergeant at the Magistrate’s Court. They were recaptured a few days later.

Nineteen year old Nkonyana was beaten, stoned and stabbed to death by a group of around 20 men in Khayelitsha in the Western Cape on 4 February 2006 – just meters from her home – allegedly for being a lesbian.

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