Zille visits family of murdered lesbian

2012-11-18 14:37

Cape Town - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille visited the family of a 19-year-old woman who was killed apparently because of her sexual orientation.

"The attack on Sihle [Sikoji] once again highlights the scourge of hate crimes against lesbian women, and LGBT people more broadly, that continues to ravage our communities, leaving devastated families in their wake," Zille said in a statement.

"We must all stand against and seek to eradicate all hate crimes because they are violations of the constitutional rights to life, to dignity and to freedom which every person deserves."

Zille said she spoke to Sikoji's grandmother Nomangesi and mother Ntombizanele on Saturday.

Western Cape police were searching for four men after four women were attacked on Friday night.

"An argument ensued between them, whereby one of the women was fatally stabbed and another one slightly wounded," Warrant Officer November Filander said.

"The suspects fled the scene on foot. A case of murder is being investigated."

Luleki Sizwe, an organisation that supports lesbian, bisexual and transgender women, said Sikoji was stabbed because of her sexual orientation.

Zille said she also met with Luleki Sizwe founder and director, Ndumie Funda.

She applauded the organisation for the work they did defending the rights of lesbians and promoting equality.

  • thugmuffin13 - 2012-11-18 14:57

    So sad we live in a country where being yourself can be seen as \shameful\ to many close minded people and that people are told they are \not allowed\ to love the people they want to love. So disgusting!!! Everyone deserves to be treated equally in the law! May this woman rest in peace and may the bastards die a slow painful death!!!

      silenta.solly - 2012-11-19 10:19

      And i applaud Zille for her visibility in this regard, this is something the ANC leaders lack, i don't support the DA but i give credit where its due.

  • emile.marais - 2012-11-18 15:10

    Well done Helen. Respect. Pity some men are so insecure about reality, and then afforded the luxury of living among civilized people. Woman should lead this country and if they happen to be lesbian even better. Rest in peace Sikoji, and keep up the good work Luleki Sizwe.

  • Africa21stcentury - 2012-11-18 15:26

    . Any country can only claim to have decency, ones it respects and protects its minorities !!!

  • mc.segal.5 - 2012-11-18 15:27

    The premier and assistants should visit every victim of crime

  • punungwe - 2012-11-18 15:28

    If the South African president was elected by popular universal suffrage, I would place my bet with Zille ahead of Zuma.

      manqoba.zulu.54 - 2012-11-18 16:37

      Ha ha in your Baases world, just spend some time with the masses you will see that this man is loved by many: you insult him he gets two more supporters sympathising with him

      pws69 - 2012-11-18 19:14

      Yes Manqoba, and that speaks to the low EQ and IQ of those supporting Zuma. Stupid is as stupid does - Forrest Gump.

  • Ollie - 2012-11-18 15:30

    Since the President takes the attitude of "When I was growing up, an ungqingili (a homosexual) would not have stood in front of me. I would knock him out." It's good to see the leader of the opposition bringing attention to this issue and calling for equality.

  • oskar.mhlongo - 2012-11-18 15:56

    shame im sorry

  • tete.matlala - 2012-11-18 16:05

    Personally I think this selfish and unhuman behavior those stupid man when cot they must be locked up and throw the key. but thinking about the law justice of this country and what the police in western cape are not doing thier job.

  • simon.mwando - 2012-11-18 16:11

    Biblically somehow! Its only that they didn't use stones!

      polya314 - 2012-11-18 17:35

      Biblical? Depends which part you're referring to. The wages of sin is death, certainly, but that doesn't mean that you can go out and start killing people; for as Jesus said: "Those who live by the sword shall perish by the sword." And further on when an adulteress was to be stoned, Jesus said: "He that

      polya314 - 2012-11-18 17:38

      "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." John 8:7 Last time I checked, killing is never ok for a Christian. Never. Not even for self defence; let alone for the barbaric murders of those who don't agree with you. Shut up, it's people like you who give Christians a bad name via your ignorance and abuse of Christ.

      pws69 - 2012-11-18 19:19

      If we followed the Bible blindly, I could come to your house right now and kill you for wearing clothes of mixed thread ( Lev.24:10-16) So, Simon, what is your decision? Do you change your attitude or supply me your address? :-)

  • Simthembile Zembe - 2012-11-18 16:20

    This is a very barbaric behaviour we SA are exhibiting. Lesbians and gays are also human beings so they don't need to be treated this way. I think that our government should impose heavy sentences on people who commit such hate crimes. These are our brothers, sisters, friends,cousins,fathers,mothers and our loved ones who contribute to their families,directly or indirectly in terms finacial support. Besides they(homosexuals) bear from us , heterosexuals. If some one has to take the blame, it has to be us who give birth such people. Sies man.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-18 20:37

      ^ Such integrity. Thanks :)

  • Desilusionada - 2012-11-18 16:31

    Hope Zuma keeps up the trend of not visiting victims. Otherwise the Bible will come true about the size of the hail stones coming down as a result of the storm....

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-18 20:39

      He will. Especially gays. He did, after all, say something about punching a gay in the face..

  • manqoba.zulu.54 - 2012-11-18 18:15

    News 24 give us a break about Zilles visits, who cars really, cos these are all publicity stunts, you don't get to hear what she did for the victims and victims families,this is now irritating to some of us,just now we gonna be told about her visit to the loo as well: anisiyeke ngoZille

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-11-18 20:03

      Politics IS a publicity stunt. Zuma visiting Marikana victims, is a publicity stunt, ANCYL going to Zim is a publicity stunt. That is how politics works.

      frans.naude - 2012-11-18 23:51

      Learn to spell!!

  • jacques.mare - 2012-11-18 19:53

    It is a sad day when gays and lesbians are killed by thugs who just don't like them for their sexual orientation - but it is even worse when the food-growers of this country are massacred by roaming black thugs and the leader of the opposition doesn't judge it important enough to decry these despicable acts or bother to visit the family of the dead farmers who produce the food she eats. Shame on you Helen Zille, your not a leader - your a sick opportunist.

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-11-18 20:03

      Shame on Zuma for visiting Marikana victims.

  • dirk.raphalo - 2012-11-19 14:39

    The citizens of this country have every rights to do whatever they feel comfortable with,and those who temper with their rights deserve to be jailed with those who doen,t comply with the norms of the sociaty, I wish death penality can be brought back and this babarick behavoir would,nt be happening amongst our country.I wish they can be sentenced to double life and be removed from our sociaty.

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