Lesbian’s murder: sentences welcomed

2012-02-02 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The parents of a lesbian woman murdered because of her sexuality have welcomed the 18-year sentences imposed on four men yesterday.

Gcinumzi Gledwell Mundindi and Noxolo Mundindi attended the sentencing at the Khayelitsha Regional Court. Their daughter, Zoliswa Nkonyana (19), was murdered on February 4, 2006, in Khayelitsha.

Noxolo Mundindi said: “I am so happy about the sentence and that the case is over.”

Her husband commented: “We did not want to take revenge, but we are happy that justice prevailed. We are satisfied with the sentence.”

Mbulelo Damba, Luyanda Londzi, Sicelo Mase and Lubabalo Ntlabathi were convicted last October. There were originally nine accused, but five were acquitted.

Nkonyana and her girlfriend were taunted about their sexuality at a tavern, and Nkonyana was stabbed and beaten to death with bricks. Her girlfriend and a passerby were wounded.

Magistrate Raadiya Whaten sentenced the killers to 18 years’ imprisonment, with four years suspended for five years, saying the sentences must serve as a deterrent, but should be lenient enough to permit the possibility of rehabilitation.

She said the accused expressed no remorse for their actions, and they could possibly re-offend.

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