CAPE TEENS WATCH AS GAY MAN BEATEN, SET ON FIRE
A young gay man has been brutally tortured and killed in a horror hate murder in the Western Cape.
The Son daily Afrikaans newspaper reported that 23-year-old David Olyne from Ceres was killed over the weekend while a group of teens blithely watched on.
Senior Reporter Maahir Pretorius told Mambaonline that his investigation had led him to seven individuals between the ages of 14 and 16 and one of 18 years who apparently witnessed Olyne’s nightmarish death.
On Saturday evening, the youths from the Belle Vista neighbourhood were drinking near a local dam when they were invited by a man to watch how he was “going to kill a moffie [fag].”
They arrived on the scene where they found the victim already covered in blood and tied up with wire.
The teens were urged to watch as the alleged attacker bashed Olyne on the head with a brick and jumped on his face while shouting in Afrikaans, “voetsek” [“fuck off”].
Throughout the ordeal, Olyne only made groaning noises, said the teenagers. The alleged killer then placed branches around the victim and set him on fire.
Shockingly, the young witnesses wandered off without telling anyone about the incident. They returned to the scene the next morning to see if Olyne was still alive.
Only then did they inform a woman about the lifeless and half-naked burnt body. She in turn called the police.
When Pretorius visited the area he met with the witnesses and was shocked by how little impact the incident appeared to have had on them.
“I spoke to those kids and they were kicking a ball around and I though that perhaps they needed help or counselling, but this was nothing new for them. They are exposed to violence on a daily basis,” he told Mambaonline.
Pretorius noted that Olyne was well known as a gay man in the area and had participated in local drag pageants. A friend described the victim as a “gentle” person and said that he did not deserve to die in that manner.
The alleged murderer was arrested on Sunday by the police.
Responding to news of the appalling crime, Johan Meyer, Health Manager at OUT LGBT Well-being, said that he was “extremely sad and shocked, to say the least, to hear of yet another senseless murder of a gay person, simply because he or she is ‘different’,” adding that “we mourn the snuffing out of another young life.”
Meyer said that the alleged killer’s words of “going to kill a moffie” indicate that the murder was clearly a hate crime. He called on the authorities to take strong action against the alleged perpetrator.
“We further urge the police investigators to be vigilant and thorough in their investigation, and to make sure that justice will be served. No stone should be left unturned to make sure that this particular case will not become just another statistic. This is a hate crime, and should be treated as such.”
OUT has forwarded details of the case to the Department of Justice.
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No No No! Rest in peace David. I pray that justice is done. That your murderer suffers a much worse fate than yours. You are now in a place where a special person like you can shine like the ray of light you were!
I feel as though someone has reached into my chest and gripped my heart. Rest in peace David.
Wow that’s a very sad story! Its shocking that that the witness’s didn’t try help or stop the perpetrator!
RIP David ,so heartbreaking this must be for his parents , I hope the scum burn in hell
This is absolutely horrific!!! I cannot believe these stuff just bluntly happen, and how those teens seem to think it is a “normal day at the office”. As they are under 18, they’ll probably just get a slap on the wrist. They should name and shame these criminals, as was done with the Waterkloof 4, but ya, under 18, what is a journalist to do?
If they can spend so much time and publicity on Oscar and Reva they should do the same on this murder, this is clearly intentional murder!
I am shocked and deeply saddened by this. It is those with such hate that should be alienated. My thoughts go out to the family. RIP David.
This is absolutely shocking. RIP David. I pray that justice is done. This type of action is barbaric.
Thank you Luiz for bringing this horror-story to our attention. Out mainstream media are too slapgat and heteronormative to do this. It’s a scandal that this has not been exposed (also) in all other outlets. Your website has become our voice. What has happened here with this young man is a reflection of just how much we are still hated.
How sick can one be, may our Justice symstem not Fail us, he will be deeply missed by his friends and family#RIP David aka Frikkie
Reading this prompted me into action to respond to an online article for the first time. I am sure that this death will not be in vain. Let’s hope it will raise enough condemnation to reach a wider audience. Lets see what the different political parties make of this in this election time. Will our government speak out against this and the growing homophobic actions on our continent?
It is just appalling. My heart bleeds for David and others like him. It is sickening.
Don’t know what else to say
I am so disturbed by this horrific story, honestly it saddens my heart deeply. We have absolutely no right to take someone’s life irrespective of their sexuality or sexually preference. what happened to Ubuntu?! and portraying the love of Christ.
I am absolutely distraut by this!!! There must be more we can do about the situation
david Olyn rest in peace sweet heart I hope that they will find this killer who did this to you and I hope he rots in Jail for life its disquesting what he did to him
This is Utterly sad and unacceptable! We as people of the western cape should stand against such abuse. I am a heterosexual female and I have a gay brother and this has just made me sick to my stomach! I agree with Herman Lategan as its appualling to know. That such hatred for homosexuals still exists amoungst us!
My condolences to David’s family & friends,sounds like he was a kind and gentle soul. This sort of offence can not be tolerated and must be dealt with severely. If South Africa is to live up to its full potential then all citizens must be not only equal but respected by the law. This must end.
All the best for the friends, family. Make me sick and sad, very sad.
RIP David, he will get his day in hell