Kaya 959 Digital Reporter
When will it stop?
That is the question the South African LGBTQIA+ community has been asking after a second brutal murder in less than two weeks occurred.
The butchered and mutilated body of Andile Ntuthela, a 41-year old gay man from Uitenhage was found in a shallow grave. His remains were burnt beyond recognition.
Lulu from Uitenhage was brutally killed for his sexuality*.
Bigotry and hate have no space in our society – all of us we must use our voices to call out homophobia. We can’t call ourselves a free society of people still die for simply being who they are. #JusticeForLulu
— |Mr Fix (@MbalulaFikile) April 13, 2021
Just two weeks ago, #JusticeForSpha did the rounds after 34-year old Sphamandla Khoza was found in a ditch. He had been stabbed and his throat slit.
This week #JusticeForLulu has the country’s marginalized community as well as heterosexual South Africans taking a stand and calling for change.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance of South Africa (GLASA) has condemned the murders and seeks to have the crimes categorized for what they are, hate crimes.
The murders are currently being labelled GBV and this mars the names of the victims who lost their lives to homophobia.
Frank Gazu from GLASA said that the stigma the LGBTQIO+ community deals with on a daily basis has to be brought to light. The alliance is calling for community support and for the country to rally behind the bail application for Sphamandla Khoza’s murder accused, Thando Mgenge.
Let’s meet on Friday, 16 April 2021 at Ntuzuma Magistrate Court at 08h30am. Let us show solidarity to every person and families of people that fall under the rainbow. #JusticeForLulu #JusticeForLufuno #JusticeForEnhle #justiceforspha #lgbtqialivesmatter ?️????️????️????️????️??? pic.twitter.com/CYZZvCFNwl
— Gay and Lesbian Alliance of SA (@GLASA_) April 14, 2021
“Let’s meet on Friday, 16 April 2021 at Ntuzuma Magistrate Court at 08h30am. Let us show solidarity to every person and families of people that fall under the rainbow,” the alliance tweeted.
Frank Gazu spoke to Kaya 959’s digital team about the ignorance many people have when it comes to the basic rights of the LGBTQIA+ community.
“It’s because so many are scared of being open about their sexuality that many choose to live double lives. How can we blame them? When this is what happens often? Murdered for our sexual orientation,” Frank stressed that more needs to be done to enforce a change in the categorizing of the hate crimes.
“Call it for what it is, it is not GBV, it is a hate crime,” Frank concluded.
These are some sentiments from Twitter:
As straight people we need to be relentless in rooting out queerphobia. Because even just a cursory glance over news headlines will tell you that queer people are relentlessly at the mercy of queerphobia. #JusticeForLulu
— Athena’s Uncool Cool Dad???? (@claudius_jr) April 14, 2021
It’s 2021 and members of the LGBTQI community are still being targeted and brutally murdered? Andile Ntuthela from Kwanobuhle was mutilated and his remains burnt. Homophobia is so much more than just having different beliefs, innocent people are being killed ??
— future president (@princesssmeera) April 13, 2021