Woman killed for being a lesbian - report

Mahikeng - The brutal rape and murder of an 18-year-old woman in Ventersdorp, North West, last week appears to have been yet another incident of “corrective rape”.

The young woman, Gift Makau, was found dead in Tshing location on Friday. She had been raped and strangled with wire and a shoelace and a hosepipe had been shoved into her mouth, reported the Times.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested and will appear in the Venterdorp Magistrate’s Court on Monday, police said.

Makau’s cousin said her family, who knew she was a lesbian, was devastated.

The cousin said Makau had never been abused in the community for her sexuality and was well-known in the community for playing soccer.

Meanwhile, Jabu Pereira, director of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex human rights organisation Iranti-org, told News24 there had been a confirmed case of a lesbian in Cape Town being pushed in front of a train by another woman.

It was, however, unclear why she had been pushed, Pereira said.
About 30 lesbians have been attacked and murdered because of their sexuality over the past 15 years, according to reports.

- News24
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CraigJoseph 2014-08-18 09:46:49 AM
This is truly disgusting! May she rest in peace!
June July 2014-08-18 09:48:03 AM
Some people are cruel. We don't deserve to live with this animals.
Chase Cameron 2014-08-18 09:54:47 AM
Well, when you live in a country that turns a blind eye to rampant homophobia in other African countries, what can one expect?
Garrick Dunstan 2014-08-18 10:04:31 AM
Death penalty
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-18 10:04:39 AM
To lose your life, because of sexual preference, how much more barbaric will the country become.
Cindy Momberg Kelley 2014-08-18 10:07:06 AM
Johannes Smid 2014-08-18 10:23:57 AM
Confused. How do we know she was raped and murdered "because she is a lesbian"? Are straight woman raped because they are "straight"? Perhaps N24, you could just provide some clarity in these matters?
Amanda Nkosana 2014-08-18 10:28:52 AM
I'm disgusted. ...
Lungile Cleo Skosana 2014-08-18 10:28:55 AM
I really do not understand some sick animals in human appearance,u comment about sodoma&gomora.did u read the whole book before stating points that suit you?killing,judging all fall under "sin" why is sexuality a bigger sin? For God so Loved the world,it does not say excluding homosexuals.think before you utter words,'cause life does not revolve around your thoughts or judgments.she was an image of God,created by him.its not up to stupid thoughts of ignorant people,before you point fingers make sure u are perfect... I am a proud lesbian,words,brutality won't kill me. People should grow up&stop reading the Bible upside down,selecting verses that boost their stupid egos
Rod Oberholzer 2014-08-18 10:30:27 AM
Barberic all I can say... One can just read and shake your head and can't help to wonder how to heal a sick society...