Woman killed for being lesbian

2012-06-26 09:43

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.”

  • ahemsurferosa - 2012-06-26 09:46

    so much hate in this country...

      rob.baggaley - 2012-06-26 12:41

      What on earth would the killing of this person achieve if she has indeed been " executed " for being a lesbian ? Who or what will " Tutu " blame now for this type of incident ? How can one country produce such evil minded people ?

  • wbroli - 2012-06-26 09:51

      millionwatts1 - 2012-06-26 09:59

      The truth according to who?

      wbroli - 2012-06-26 10:02

      If you read the blog his name is on there.

      millionwatts1 - 2012-06-26 10:06

      You gotta be smarter than that. You honestly think I am seeking out their name?

      wbroli - 2012-06-26 10:10

      are you telling the truth milliontwaat?

      Rob - 2012-06-26 10:49

      Hahahaha! That's the funniest thing I've read today.

      wbroli - 2012-06-26 10:49

      Are you telling the truth milliontwaat?

  • phae.rayden - 2012-06-26 09:55

    When they catch this despicable excuse for a human he should be castrated, as a eunuch he might begin to understand how dysfunctional he is, and his genes will end with him.

  • QuantumDM - 2012-06-26 09:58

    Religion and superstition - when will this slaughter stop...

      Provence - 2012-06-26 10:07

      It won't stop this is the human nature of mankind that evolved from a worm.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-26 10:14

      Where is religion mentioned in this article? In fact, from what's posted here, it doesn't even confirm that she was murdered for being a lesbian. Don't jump on the bandwagon so fast.

      tony.lapson - 2012-06-26 10:22

      Human Nature is not the same as societal nature. We are taught to look at people with segregated views. We are taught that, although we are all human, segregation of nations, races, countries, sexual preferences and personal views is normal to our species.

      QuantumDM - 2012-06-26 10:23

      @provence.poppies: Speak for yourself... You will still have people killing one another, but you will have significantly less than when religion and superstition justifies the hatred...

      jody.beggs - 2012-06-26 10:31

      @Charles Dumbwin xians are completely anti-gay or do you dis-agree ? Would you help a gay today Charles Dumbwin ? I though not , idjit ..... Damn the man.

      Phillip - 2012-06-26 10:32

      Quantum. The story mentions terrible violence and trauma, nothing about religion. There is speculation about the motive for the killing and until the perpetrator is found the true motive may not be known. I suggest that you shelve your own agenda.

      Provence - 2012-06-26 11:06

      I love it...just a little bit of murder....but not a lot??? Hahahahah! Some good old evolved thinking. This obviously does not induce segregation when you speak against religion and superstition?

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-06-26 10:11

    Africans really need to grow up now. It is disgusting to think that in a country like SA you still get people killing other people just because they don't like them. If it's not lesbians its foreigners.. If you gay and live in Uganda, then you face the same fate. If you an albino living in the DRC you good as dead as well.. In fact you'll be cut up and given to a witch doctor.. Mind you, young girls and boys are also sliced up in this country.. People are sick, sick, sick and depraved..

      jody.beggs - 2012-06-26 10:32

      You forgot about gang raping 5 year old's !! Damn the man

  • smiso.mkhonza.9 - 2012-06-26 10:13

    something is wrong in this country

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-06-26 10:22

    Did he leave a note to say she was killed because she is lesbian? It could have just been coincidence? The killer may have been one of those men with the "if I can't have you, no one will" mentality- I am sorry to say but this constant sensationalising is annoying. My sister is a married lesbian, she has many gay and lesbian friends and they "want to be treated the same way" however they also want to get the attention for being gay or lesbian- I know many people disprove of it, and they are a$$es for being so flipping closed minded, however to say she was killed because she is lesbian (when they don't KNOW THE FACTS) is only making things worse.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-26 10:34

      exactly, something else is at play here. ex-lover, all bitter and twisted cause he can't have her back?

      janalbert.vandenberg - 2012-06-26 15:43

      You are indeed correct. The media is jumping on the current atmosphere of polarisation experienced in the gay/lesbian community to further sensationalism. It is bad journalism, although I imagine some gay/lesbian group probably interpreted the murder in this way. What I think this is pointing to, is the intense sense of persecution that gay/lesbian people experience here in South Africa. It may be that this has nothing to do with homosexuality, but people who identify as gay/lesbian clearly perceive the larger South African community as extremely homophobic. It is unfortunate, because this polarisation of people only ends up hurting individuals and society. I have no idea what you could even do to try and lower the perceived and real risk gay/lesbian people have to live with daily.

  • Sharon - 2012-06-26 10:33

    It's shocking and dispicable that she was shot for any reason by an unknown gunman!! RIP

  • jody.beggs - 2012-06-26 10:36

    Tolerance for all , intolerance for the intolerable anger against normal people ... atheist , gays , non-believers , witches or anyone that does not share your small world view .... Damn the man.

  • martin.britchford.5 - 2012-06-26 10:42

    automatically its a hate crime, but when farmers are killed its cos they are easy targets, so since the gunman said nothing, this is not a hate crime, he shot her because she was an easy target...RIP Phumeza, there is alot of denied hate in sa. my comment was to make a point before i get the "show some respect" people going off

  • marymon.kimza.3 - 2012-06-26 10:56

    Whatever her offence is,the killer does not have the right to take her life.So brutal in the presence of her family.

  • Nelisiwe Zozo - 2012-06-26 11:03

    but this thing is bad to kill human being bc it lesben knw people it her life

  • phelelapearl.thomas - 2012-06-26 11:04

    Der is simply no free gender in S.A. Y kill a woman becoz she is a lesbian, a choice that she undertook?? Umntu akanamalungelo kwesisizwe

  • Jane - 2012-06-26 11:06

    What is it with these people, kill anything or anyone that is different? Necklace someone because you think they a witch, rape or shoot someone because they are homosexual, burn down foreigners shops because they weren't born in this country. The ruthlessness and lack of intelligence astounds me.

      rob.baggaley - 2012-06-26 12:56

      Overbreeding, backward underachievers ! Callous, cruel,murdering, raping, thieves ! No thought, just kill, kill, kill !!!!!

  • Franco - 2012-06-26 11:41

    It may be premature to accuse religion, but if she was killed for being gay then we can surely accuse belief. The killer believed that being gay was wrong, and believed that killing the gay was right. We need to replace belief with reason. We need to educate people to question all beliefs the same way that they questioned santa and the tooth fairy. The advent of the internet has given us the tools to question everything that we were led to believe - that BMW is the best car, that Cell-C offers the best service, that I must be a doctor like my dad, that gays are sinful. In the dark ages they were forced believed, today we can question.

  • Moi - 2012-06-26 11:47

    Absolutely tragic. RIP

  • Zelda Louw Van Niekerk - 2012-06-26 12:58

    I can not believe how people will turn against each other we all feel what happended was so wrong, well i thought we all feel the same. I am a married lesbian woman, honestly i do no feel unsafe in any way, touch wood. For some reason I never thought of it that we might also be targeted. I believe culture plays a very big role in this matter. As a white woman i have been physical hit by white men for dancing with my wife in a public place. My heart and prayers goes to this girl's family. Be strong and love her for who she was and not what she was.

      ngwana.moafrika - 2012-06-26 14:15

      Zelda it is very sad, it is men killing gay men and lesbians. I do not feel women feel threatened by men in relationships with other men or women in relationships with other women. Is it the case with men? Say something they do not like they want to beat you, wear a miniskirt they want to beat you, tell them you do not want them anymore they want to beat you and choose the one you want to be with they want to beat you. They continue to say it is unAfrican. How much and how far have you gone to know if a thing is unAfrican. Do you know it is unAfrican to kill someone and worse unworldly to kill someone.

  • Michael - 2012-06-26 16:17


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