Woman killed for being a lesbian - report

2014-08-18 09:44

Mahikeng - The brutal rape and murder of an 18-year-old woman in Ventersdorp, North West, last week appears to have been yet another incident of “corrective rape”.

The young woman, Gift Makau, was found dead in Tshing location on Friday. She had been raped and strangled with wire and a shoelace and a hosepipe had been shoved into her mouth, reported the Times.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested and will appear in the Venterdorp Magistrate’s Court on Monday, police said.

Makau’s cousin said her family, who knew she was a lesbian, was devastated.

The cousin said Makau had never been abused in the community for her sexuality and was well-known in the community for playing soccer.

Meanwhile, Jabu Pereira, director of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex human rights organisation Iranti-org, told News24 there had been a confirmed case of a lesbian in Cape Town being pushed in front of a train by another woman.

It was, however, unclear why she had been pushed, Pereira said.
About 30 lesbians have been attacked and murdered because of their sexuality over the past 15 years, according to reports.

  • CraigJoseph - 2014-08-18 09:46

    This is truly disgusting! May she rest in peace!

      Darrion Dickens - 2014-08-18 10:35

      This guys an animal and should therefore be euthanized. I hate how these worthless sacks of **** want to blame there actions on the victims. Her sexuality has nothing to do with him being a rapist (and murderer). Rape is a crime of power, it stems the desire to defile or taint something NOT correct it. Besides you cannot 'correct' homosexuality, its not as though she chose to be lesbian she was just born that way, its like killing someone because they were born with curly hair. Homosexuals probably have it tougher than anybody else. I remember puberty being pretty rough (it is probably worse for women though), now imagine going through all that AND being homosexual, who the hell would choose something like that!? When a wild animal becomes a danger to society it usually gets put down, the same should happen to this guy.

      Kirsty Prinsloo - 2014-08-18 10:38

      @ Norman Charles - evil people come in many different colours - including white people. Deal with it.

      Tshepo Peter Mookeletsi - 2014-08-18 10:50

      @Norman, Modimolle monster is probably your uncle.

      Omnivore - 2014-08-18 10:58

      @Norman - that any human can do this to another human is despicable.

      Interesting Thought - 2014-08-18 23:40

      Poor people.... Hope crime gets better

  • June July - 2014-08-18 09:48

    Some people are cruel. We don't deserve to live with this animals.

      Mark Singh Singh - 2014-08-18 10:50

      Shame piet, that you have to live amongst the "animals". You are truly an idiot. Why do you still live here in any case, you are free to leave any time you wish.

  • Chase Cameron - 2014-08-18 09:54

    Well, when you live in a country that turns a blind eye to rampant homophobia in other African countries, what can one expect?

      Chase Cameron - 2014-08-18 10:07

      Motofogo, the government of SA says NOTHING about the issue. The scum committing these crimes probably have no idea about the Law. They don't see any action taking place so they carry on.

  • Garrick Dunstan - 2014-08-18 10:04

    Death penalty

  • Havalarf Allday - 2014-08-18 10:04

    To lose your life, because of sexual preference, how much more barbaric will the country become.

  • Cindy Momberg Kelley - 2014-08-18 10:07


  • Johannes Smid - 2014-08-18 10:23

    Confused. How do we know she was raped and murdered "because she is a lesbian"? Are straight woman raped because they are "straight"? Perhaps N24, you could just provide some clarity in these matters?

      Riëtte Nöthling - 2014-08-18 11:03

      Her family said she was lesbian, given the extreme cruelty and violation, it's not wrong to think it was a corrective rape. And it doesn't matter if a woman is straight or lesbian, rape is never right.

      Johannes Smid - 2014-08-18 11:31

      @Riette Her family did not rape her. Some 24 year old man did. Her cousin confessed that she had never been abused or even heckled in the community. I agree rape in all cases is wrong, but considering the frequency of rape and murder in this country (45 people per day murdered), I struggle to understand why this murder is really different from the other 44 committed on the same day. Is it different, or is it more headline worthy because she was a lesbian?

  • Amanda Nkosana - 2014-08-18 10:28

    I'm disgusted. ...

      Baduza Cia Siyasanga - 2014-08-18 23:36

      I accidentally clicked dislike n now can't reverse it, tht was actually meant to be a like im just as disgusted as u r.

  • Lungile Cleo Skosana - 2014-08-18 10:28

    I really do not understand some sick animals in human appearance,u comment about sodoma&gomora.did u read the whole book before stating points that suit you?killing,judging all fall under "sin" why is sexuality a bigger sin? For God so Loved the world,it does not say excluding homosexuals.think before you utter words,'cause life does not revolve around your thoughts or judgments.she was an image of God,created by him.its not up to stupid thoughts of ignorant people,before you point fingers make sure u are perfect... I am a proud lesbian,words,brutality won't kill me. People should grow up&stop reading the Bible upside down,selecting verses that boost their stupid egos

      Daisy Jones - 2014-08-18 11:12

      AMEN!!! Judge not lest you be judged.

  • Rod Oberholzer - 2014-08-18 10:30

    Barberic all I can say... One can just read and shake your head and can't help to wonder how to heal a sick society...

  • Rakesh Panday - 2014-08-18 10:35

    Sick, just sick. We have the world's most beautiful constitution and yet we have people who live in the stone ages residing in this country

  • Sipho Simon Mogale - 2014-08-18 10:44

    If you disagree with something it doesn't mean it a crime I hope these criminals are brought to book enough is enough

  • Moi - 2014-08-18 10:55

    RIP Gift.

  • Teleti Khosa - 2014-08-18 10:59

    Rape and murder..are evil.. Many women are raped daily, murder is very common.. A woman was raped.. Stop dramatising lesbianism.. Majority of women who are raped and murdered, are not lesians..

      mbossenger - 2014-08-18 11:05

      "Stop dramatising lesbianism" - Nobody is dramatising anything - we know that "corrective rape" exists, or are you denying this?

  • Lesvokli Pitsiladi - 2014-08-18 11:08

    Homophobes should be ashamed of themselves! Hate the gays if you must, but let them live in peace, we can share this world!

      Kgauta Dennis - 2014-08-18 11:13

      if u hate them so y they leave them in peace cos its only GOD who now have a plan with them

      Johannes Smid - 2014-08-18 15:34

      Again... I hate to state the obvious. Why was this in particular a 'hate crime'? If the woman raped was heterosexual, would it have been different?

  • Keith Mark - 2014-08-18 11:10

    246 million on security upgrade seems a fair price and your neighbours are of this kind; haha

  • Gavin - 2014-08-18 11:11

    Norman, you cannot judge a race by the misbehavior of certain people within that race..!!

  • Daisy Jones - 2014-08-18 11:21

    A 24-year-old man has been arrested... - if he is guilty then you're lying, he isn't a man. He's a dog until proven innocent.

  • Shireen Eva - 2014-08-18 11:28

    The majority of this country and Africa as a whole are so entrenched in their superstitious beliefs that it is little wonder there is such slow progress and and minimal prosperity. Wake up and get with the program!! You might then realise why the West is light years ahead of you!!

  • Wisan JW Justice - 2014-08-18 12:56

    what is a lesbian,what is a gay?

  • Elizabeth Venter - 2014-08-18 13:55

    This is so sad :(

  • Erna Westdyk - 2014-08-18 16:02

    Are men ever murdered for being homosexual, or is it only men who are so intolerant?

      Andre Pretorius - 2014-08-19 10:33

      Yes men are killed for being homosexual , just google it , you will find them hanged bullied, linched , stabed . it happens , Unlike regular crime the motive is based mostly on religois doctoren, inforsed by goverments, who use peoples lives as a political tool, or religios organazations that use it as part of there doctoren selectively to juige people,this gives them the advantige to over look one thing in spite og anouther , like divorced people, people who eat pork people who wears cloves made of mixed fabrick ,exe

  • Nosipho Nkonyane - 2014-08-18 18:26

    This and all stories similar to this scare me. I have friends that are gay and lesbian, their sexuality doesn't automatically turn them to items to be used to show ignorance and pure cruelty... This dog of a suspect better die before his sentencing, I can garantee there are some people who will do some "corrective rape" and killing apon his arrival in prison... If he is guilty....

  • Christopher Blackwell - 2014-08-18 19:11

    Those who rape and kill are hardly role models of morality. They are just hateful spiteful and violent people who should be executed like any other vicious criminal.

  • Yeshika Ramlutchman - 2014-08-18 19:13

    RIP God's angel...this is devastating to read. I can only imagine how her family feels....Gods blessings and comfort during this hard time

  • Neville Graham - 2014-08-19 01:17

    Yes it does seem that many among us should be stripped of all modern day, 21st century identity, given a loin cloth, and forced to live out the rest of their existence in a cave, away from the rest of HUMANITY.

  • Agnes Ntsiki - 2014-08-19 23:47

    we all have d right 2 live like other people live,being a lesbian its nt a crime so y shld things like these happen 2us?nontsikelelo siyoko

  • Khuthala Adam - 2014-08-20 12:50

    Where is the proof that this girl was killed because she is a lesbian? Such sensationalism

  • De'intellizwelo TT'centia N - 2014-08-24 13:56


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