Funeke Soldaat, founder of lesbian group Free Gender [said] Mandisa Mbambo, who identified as a lesbian was brutally killed in Kwazulu Natal on 26th August. She was killed in her home and the body found under. She was 28 years old. Funeka says the deceased had her pants off. Nobody has been arrested so far with the murder.
There has been speculation that the deceased may have been raped. The results of the autopsy have not been released yet.
Same-sex acts are currently illegal in at least 38 of 54 African countries. Four nations—Mauritania, Nigeria, Somalia and Sudan—boast the death penalty for gays or same-sex activity. South Africa and Seychelles are the only African nations that protect LGBT rights. SA is also the only African nation to guarantee marriage equality and gay adoption.
Despite these protections, the reality is much different for many Black LGBT South Africans. Life in the impoverished townships is far less tolerant. Lesbians, gay men and transgender men and women are often targeted by violent attacks.
Brutal so-called "corrective rape" and murder are increasing against lesbians in the townships, as well as rape and attacks against gay men and transgender women. South Africa has the world's highest rates of crime rates and rape. A rape is committed every 17 seconds in the RSA, according to Interpol
Also: An apparent serial killer has been targeting gay men around Johannesburg. At least eight gay men have been killed during the two year killing spree in Gauteng Province. An arrest was made in March but the investigation has stalled.
In May 2011, the RSA government announced that it would establish a task force to address the escalating incidents of anti-LGBT attacks in its nation.
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