Lesbian’s family begs for justice

2012-10-06 15:44

Brother claims cops are not doing their job, despite having leads on the case.

The family of a young Soweto lesbian, whose body was found two weeks ago, says police have failed to properly investigate her brutal death, which they describe as a “hate crime”.

Braamfischerville residents discovered Ntombana Mafu’s naked body in the early hours of Sunday, September 23, near the Roodepoort Cemetery.

Her distraught mother, Cebisa Mafu, told City Press she believed her daughter was murdered because she was a lesbian.

“They killed my sweet, kind child,” Cebisa said.

She said her daughter, who was 25, felt comfortable about being a lesbian.

“She was born that way,” she said.

Cebisa said her only daughter had refused to wear dresses from an early age.

“She refused to go out and play if she wore a dress,” she recalled.

Ntombana was murdered a week before the gay and lesbian Soweto Pride march last Saturday.

Her brother, Dumisani, has assumed the role of investigator and said he has been constantly giving the police leads.

However, Dumisani claimed police had not followed up on the information.

Dumisani said he discovered that the night before his sister’s death, she had been with a friend known to the family and three men.

Ntombana’s friend is also a lesbian.

“Police are not doing their jobs.”

The Mafus say Dobsonville

police have not visited the family or taken statements from them.

This is despite Dumisani giving the two police officers on the case the address of Ntombana’s friend, who was among the last people to have seen his sister alive.

According to Dumisani, a patron at the Braamfischerville joint where Ntombana and her friend were drinking on Saturday night told him one of the men said: “Uzenz’ikleva (She thinks she’s smart).”

Ntombana’s naked body was found not far from her friend’s home, her clothes torn and her cellphone missing.

Cebisa said she even had the contact details of all her daughter’s friends because she feared for Ntombana.

“I watched over her friends because people murder lesbians,” Cebisa said.

“I’ll only find peace when my daughter’s killers are arrested. I just want to ask them why they killed her. I know they won’t bring her back.”

Ntombana is the second lesbian to be killed in Braamfischerville in the past four months.

School clerk Sanna Supa (28) was shot three times while opening the driveway gate of her home.

Her assailants did not steal anything.

Ntombana was buried at Slovoville Cemetery on Thursday.

No suspects have been arrested for either Ntombana or Supa’s murders.

Phindi Malaza of the Forum for the Empowerment of Women said the organisation had met the ANC and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to discuss attacks on lesbians, but nothing had changed.

Motlanthe chairs the government’s newly established National Council Against Gender-Based ­Violence.

Malaza said that in June and July this year, 10 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people were murdered across the country.

Soweto police spokesperson Warrant Officer Kay Makhubele did not respond to calls for comment.


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