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Another week and another report of a brutal murder of a lesbian in South Africa. The latest has apparently happened in Daveyton about 21 miles east of Johannesburg, reports South African-based human rights campaigner Melanie Nathan.
The body of Patricia Mashego, 36, from Daveyton, was found brutally beaten, near a school [on April 21] 2013] and there are unconfirmed reports that bricks and stones were found close to the body which may have bee used in the attack. Cause of death has yet to be released. It is unknown if she was sexually assaulted. According to sources Pat Mashego had two children and worked as a sales person. Her funeral and memorial will take place in Daveyton Township on April 27.
The body was discovered the same week that marked the two year anniversary of the death of Noxolo Nogwaza, a young lesbian in South Africa who "was gang raped, stoned and stabbed to death using shards of broken glass." Noxolo’s murder remains unsolved, reports Amnesty International.
Last week an informal inquest was held in a local magistrate’s court. The magistrate agreed that someone was responsible for Noxolo’s death and the case was referred back for further investigation. And so it continues. One young woman tells us that "the police are failing us. That is why we have to continue to be here." ...Amnesty International has sent numerous letters to the authorities in South Africa since May 2012, urging them to ensure that Noxolo’s murder is adequately investigated and that hate crime legislation is implemented.
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 and rape. A rape is committed every 17 seconds in the RSA, according to Interpol.
One month after Noxolo's murder, the SA government announced that it would establish a task force to address the escalating incidents of anti-LGBT attacks in its nation. The violence has continued and, so far, there have been sporadic arrests and prosecutions.
Meanwhile: Authorities now believe a gang of brutal robbers and serial killers have targeted gay men around Johannesburg and Cape Town over the past three years. At least nine men have been killed. Police have made several arrests but the attacks have continued.
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