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KAMPALA: Remembering Noxolo: We demand justice for slain LGBTI persons
Exactly two years ago, on 24th-04-2011, Noxolo Nogwasa, a South African lesbian and LGBTI activist was brutally raped, stabbed and beaten to death and her body dumped in a drainage ditch as she went home from a party, in the Kwathane townships, in the outskirts of Johannesburg.
Noxolo was a mother of two and a soccer player.
“My condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of Noxolo. May God keep you strong through this trying time. We are perturbed that even when the constitution of S.Africa is accommodating of sexual minorities that such crime still go unpunished. I was once bullied when I was playing soccer for Cape Town Pirates, because of my sexuality. It is sad indeed” said Doreen, the Sports Coordinator of FARUG.
Two years later, the murders have since not been arrested and no progress has been made towards a comprehensive investigation into the murder and the perpetrators,; alleged to be eight of them still remain at large.
Freedom and Roam Uganda demands that the government of South Africa and the concerned parties immediately embark on an investigation into, not only Noxolo’s murder but for ALL those who have been killed and abused, physical, sexually or otherwise on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity. The constitution of S.Africa outlaws discrimination against gays and lesbians.
We recommend that there be Stop Hate Campaigns funded by government to educate the public on the dangers of hate crimes directed towards sexual minorities and on basic rights of all persons regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
We send the family of Noxolo and the entire LGBTI community in S.Africa strength and stand in solidarity with you.
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