Thursday, 28 April 2011 11:30

A Lesbian Murdered In South Africa

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A young lesbian, 24 year old, Noxolo Nogwaza, was violated and assassinated in Kwa-Thema in South Africa.

Nogwaza was a member of an important LGBTI organization called Ekurhuleni Pride Organising Committee (EPOC).

"I am so disturbed by this horrific action. It is the responsibility of the South African Government to protect all its citizens. Hate crimes against LGBT people in this country are on the rise and the government should come out openly against these actions.

"Protection of individuals who are vulnerable because of their sexual orientation and or gender identity is something provided for in the Constitution of South Africa and should be put in practice. As a regional advocacy organisation, CAL will work with EPOC and others to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book," said Victor Mukasa, project coordinator of the Human Rights Defenders Project at CALI.