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REMEBERING SOUTH AFRICA’S LGBTI VICTIMS OF HATE CRIMES

in SOUTH AFRICA, 25/04/2012

A year ago today, April 24, the body of Noxolo Nogwaza, a 24 year old lesbian, was found lying in an alley in Kwa-Thema at about 9am after she had been beaten and subjected to a horrific rape.

Three years earlier, in 2008 Eudy Simelane’s body was also found in an open field in Kwa-Thema. It was clear that she had been raped and murdered afterwards.

In 2010 a gay man in the same township was attacked by eight men, who attempted to rape him. Luckily, he escaped. According to reports, as they attempted to rape him, the men were heard saying, “We are determined to kill all gay people in this area and we will do it.”

The Ekurhuleni Pride Organising Committee (EPOC) will this evening from 5pm to 7pm host a day of commemoration in honour of all the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people who have been murdered due to hate crimes in South Africa.

According to the invite, “The event is aimed at remembering all the LGBTI comrades who were killed simply because of their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.”

The event will also outline a plan by the South African Police Service on eradicating hate crimes. The Ekurhuleni local government and other interested groups will also address those who attend on the effects hate crimes have in our societies.

The venue will be the Methodist Church on Kgaswane Street in Kwa Thema.

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