Man accused of killing Cape Town lesbian appears in court

2016-12-21 06:09
Blue Downs Magistrate's Court (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

Blue Downs Magistrate's Court (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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Cape Town - The 24-year-old man accused of murdering a lesbian from Khayelitsha is expected to appear in the Blue Downs Regional Court on Wednesday.

Signice Mdani is expected to apply for a formal bail application in the murder of 22-year-old Noluvuyo Swelindawo.

Swelindawo's body was found at a footbridge near the Driftsands Nature Reserve earlier this month.

During his last appearance, magistrate Vincent Ketye denied the State's request for a postponement so that it could complete a proper profile of him.

Prosecutor Nathan Adrianse said, "The State only has an indication of the previous charges against the suspect and needs to follow up to see where the suspect has been found guilty."

But defence attorney Samantha Hendricks argued that the State had had more than enough time to do a proper profile.

Only if murdered

"The suspect was arrested on December 5 at 14:00 and today is the 7th, which means there were two days for the State to do research,” she said.

Meanwhile, outside the courtroom, LGBT activists from the Triangle organisation voiced their frustration over threats they faced because of their sexuality.

"Rape happens to lesbians every day, but most of them are too scared to come forward," said Sindiswa Thafeni.

"Rape against lesbians is not seen as a serious case by the police – only when there’s murder involved."

Swelindawo was a member of Triangle and attended their weekly LGBT meetings in Driftsand.

"I am still shaken by the incident, it feels unreal – as if she is still alive," a meeting leader, Zuko Mnukwa, said.

Read more on:    noluvuyo swelindawo  |  cape town  |  gender equality  |  hate crimes

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