Woman killed for being lesbian

Cape Town - Activists believe that a young Cape Town woman was shot dead because she was openly lesbian.

Phumeza Nkolonzi, 22, was shot three times in front of her mother and niece in Nyanga on Saturday evening, reported the Cape Times.

The gunman broke down the door and started firing at Nkolonzi without saying a word, leaving her family traumatised and confused.

“My mother told us when the man shot her, Phumeza asked him what she had done, but he shot her again and then a third time. For someone to shoot someone in front of their own mother and 6-year-old niece is ruthless,” said Solly Nkolonzi, the victim’s brother.

Free Gender chairperson Funeka Soldaat said Nkolonzi’s murder was a hate crime.

“We are concerned that it is becoming a norm for lesbians to be attacked in that area,” she said, referring to the murder of another lesbian woman in the area last year.

“It is scary to see young people being killed brutally because others are simply not comfortable with their sexual orientation.”
 
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