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Cops hunt gay pageant winner's killers

2012-06-13 22:34

Johannesburg - Northern Cape police were on Wednesday searching for the killers of a gay man in Kuruman.

The man was not beheaded as had earlier been reported, Lieutenant Colonel Mashay Gamieldien said.

"The cause of death is still being determined by the post mortem."

According to MambaOnline, Shaine Griqua, Director of Legbo Northern Cape, who first reported the attack, said that confusion around the state of the body likely stems from miscommunication due to most people in the area not speaking English as a first language.

It was reported 23-year-old Thapelo Makutle, on Friday became involved in an argument with two heterosexual men about his sexuality.

Gamieldien said Makutle was found in his rented room early on Saturday morning with a wound to the neck.

"No arrests have been made and police are still searching for the suspect or suspects."

He was recently crowned Miss Gay Kuruman and took part in the Kimberley Out In Africa Gay and Lesbian Festival.

Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said the murder was a reminder that many South Africans were still denied basic rights and freedoms.

She said a number of hate crimes against gays and lesbians, such as corrective rape, had taken place across the country.

President Jacob Zuma should speak about the man's murder and others like it, Mazibuko said.

Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj said the government's record on supporting gender and gay rights was well known, and eliminating discrimination was an on-going process.

"We take any event that does not uphold these rights, that violates these rights, as a blot on our society and it needs to be counteracted at every level in our society," he said.

*In an earlier report it was incorrectly claimed that the victim was beheaded

Comments
  • Squeegee - 2012-06-13 23:07

    Barbaric. Cruel and meaningless. No one deserves to die like that. What makes people think that they can kill those they disagree with? aThere is little tolerance in our society. Debate is one thing, but violence is unacceptable.

      shaine.griqua - 2012-06-14 00:56

      Sad to hear that police refer to it as a wound on the neck whereas reports is flooding that the body is severely cut,throat slit,genitals cut off,tongue cut off,and yet police are insensitive and did not even provide counselling or refer for counselling to the family,sad that police are still not in a possessioin of a lead to the killers,the deceased's missing bleackberry is traced on bbm in Prieska and police don't even consider that as evidence or a link? Police are nor even patrolling in these dark road in the villagers they fail t secure the safety of communities,so we can't rely on their hearsay stories and hiding behind wounds that is not even true,we demand the forensic report made public and known to us all as south africans and a speed uo in the process of getting the killer/s. these constables don't even understand the context of the word hate crime!

      Emile - 2012-06-14 01:16

      what astounds me is that the anc actually has an active and (omg) great stance against this issue. you will not hear me say this often but GOOD JOB ANC. now please dont let your stance be just another empty promise. show us you still have some of that madiba magic

      Barefoot - 2012-06-14 04:37

      Shaine get a hold of your self after all the you should spend a day watchin crime and discovery I.d channels watching programmes of how cops investigate murders, showing the results of the post mortem and the details of the investigation would most likely hurt the case. and congrats on telling the stupid murderers that the stolen phone they are apparently holding is being traced (if they read this they might just ditch it )

  • shaine.griqua - 2012-06-14 01:00

    Sad that the colonel Mashay and the story of the ladiy and male that found the body have different stories,those that found the body found it in a sad brutal state and the colonel says a wound on the neck oh my word I can't imagine to think what is happening if we can't stand uo to the truth!

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-06-14 03:14

      Shaine, just to have his/her story told on the internet will give the Police no choice but to act. Every single person in this World has the right to be themselves, unless they cause harm to others. NEVER, do they deserve to die because of their sexuality. Not women, trans-gender, lesbians, or gays. This crime reaches deeper than we even realise. What can we expect from a society that thinks killing someone for a cellphone is ok? Or being a farmer? Intolerance will be the death of our Constitution.

      Barefoot - 2012-06-14 04:29

      Who said police are not acting, if they catch the killer i bet you won't be apologizing or congratulating darn get off your high horse. as you know more you should know that it's not always that police publicize the details of a murder they are still investigating.

  • emile.marais - 2012-06-14 01:59

    "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." - Mahatma Ghandi. This doesn't mean that gay/lesbian/transgender people are weak, far from it. To be gay and open about it in Africa takes a lot of guts. Rest in peace Thapelo.

  • TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-06-14 04:14

    My apologies, to the good cops. I just find it hard to believe that our present police force "hunts down" anyone. If they did, a 1000 politicians and the ST would land on their head. Cele was not wrong, unfortunately some cadres took his message as a free for all blanket statement. Ek is so jammer vir die hardwerkende polisiemanne/vroue. You have become the blueprint of what is wrong in SA - and you are all tarred with the same brush. Don't lose hope - and don't take sides. The "thin blue line" may be our only hope against total anarchy in our Country. Keep strong. We need you.

  • Scooter - 2012-06-14 07:18

    barbaric... hai

  • TheGoat - 2012-06-14 07:31

    Aaaah nice to see we learned so much from apartheid isnt it? Youd think for a country that dealt so much with discrimination and hatred ( still dealing with yeah I know ) That we would be more tolerant and understanding people with different lives to our own. Sad.

  • charlie.elford.5 - 2012-06-14 07:38

    What do you expect in a country where high ranking members of the ruling party talks publicly about denying us equal rights? Where the biggest homophobe gets appointed to represent our country abroad as an ambassador? We have equal rights... ON PAPER!!!

  • Carla - 2012-06-14 07:40

    So sad. RIP Thapelo

  • Kwisatz - 2012-06-14 07:51

    Someone please Blame the ANC for this.

      Thato Seloane - 2012-06-14 11:01

      Please explain how the ANC is to be blamed

  • Gavin James Drake - 2012-06-14 07:54

    really sad! let justice be done!

  • janalbert.vandenberg - 2012-06-14 08:43

    If there be peace in death, go thee in peace; oh, brethren of the community of those that are treated with hatred for being different. Let us all hope your death shall not be in vain, let it shine a bright light on those that harbour this hatred, and let the world see clearly who they are. Let us hope that you shall not be forgotten. Go thus forth in peace.

  • Khomotjo - 2012-06-14 13:52

    I'm not a fan of gays and lesbians but this is inhuman!

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