JOHANNESBURG – LGBTQI activist Noluvo Swelindawo's body was found on Sunday in Driftsands near Khayelitsha in an alleged hate crime.
According to reports, more than 10 men broke into her home, abducted her, assaulted her and murdered her.
“A body of a 22 year old female was found yesterday morning on the footbridge at Driftsands. According to information the victim had a gunshot wound to her body. Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation,” said Western Cape police spokesperson, Captain Frederick van Wyk.
There has been no arrests.
“This is a chilling realisation of the dangers women face in their own communities – even more so for women from the LGBTQI community,” said Dan Plato, Western Cape Minister of Community Safety.
He said the perpetrators needed to face the full might of the law.
Plato said he would take the matter up with police senior management.
“As part of my oversight mandate over policing in the province, I will raise this specific matter with the Provincial Police Commissioner to help ensure that the necessary investigations and resources are made available to ensure justice for Swelindawo,” he said.
Everyone knows who did it except the cops. Homophobia is more than the hate crime. It's the refusal to investigate. #NoluvoSwelindawo— Cuban Spirit (@Sisonkemsimang) December 5, 2016
Plato said the community of Driftsands needed to “speak out against this abnormal crime.”
“The alleged details surrounding her death serve as a horrifying reminder why we have to extend our 16 Days of Activism campaign for No Violence Against Women and Children to 365 days of action,” Plato added.
Our lives eKasi are cheap shem, our lives as queers eKasi are nothing, the lives of black queer females are taken BRUTALLY #NoluvoSwelindawo— SNLV kaJolinkomo (@lukhanyo_velelo) December 5, 2016