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Gender Violence, Queer Politics, South Africa

Eudy Simelane: Another lesbian raped and murdered

Once again another lesbian has been raped, tortured and murdered in South Africa on Monday 28th April. Sizakele Sisgasa and Salome Masooa were tortured and murdered just 10 months ago. Since then lesbians, gays and transsexuals across the continent – Nigeria, Uganda, Senegal and Cameroon, have been attacked and beaten and arrested for simply living their sexuality.

Five young men have been arrested in connection with the rape and brutal murder of Eudy Simelane (31), a former Banyana-Banyana soccer player, and an out lesbian. Her body was found stabbed and mutilated in an open field in Tornado – one of the sections in the Kwa-Thema township, on Monday the 28 April.


The 777 campaign to end hate crimes against LGBTs will be pressurizing the government for a conviction of the suspects of the murder and rape and have already petitioned the courts to deny the suspects bail. The bail hearing is on th 5th of May.

Gays and lesbians are men and women, human beings who deserve equal rights and treatment not to be ridiculed or called names, beaten, tortured, raped or killed. These gross human rights violations are not just inhuman and barbaric – they must not be tolerated! Sizakele and Salomes killers, like everyone else, HAD NO RIGHT TO THREATEN OR KILL THEM!!

Violence against lesbians and gays is unSouth African. Here, oppression and discrimination have no place, still there are parents who reject or kick children out to the streets; siblings, friends and communities who hurt, beat, rape, torture and even kill lesbians and gays. If they survive all this, they face further victimisation at in the hands of the police and even the courts THIS IS NOT JUSTICE AT ALL. People who inflict harm upon and even kill lesbians and gays (or anyone else) do not belong in South Africa. Leaders and communities that do not oppose violence against gays, lesbians, women, children, rape survivors and HIV+ people do not belong here.

“Eudy Simelane, a cherished daughter, a friend, an ardent soccer lover, a SAFA referee, and an unrelenting activist. will be laid to rest on Sunday the 4th May 2007.”



  1. Mia Nikasimo

    What happened to Eudy Simelane is upsetting and demoralising. What is the world coming to? A world where sexuality or gender identity (these positions are not the same but both face similar abuse/intolerance) are wantonly viewed as reason for abuse is deplorable. What are those in power doing? Blindfolding those they rule over while ignoring our right to be free of fear or being complicit at the expense of citizen because of our sexuality and gender orientation? We deserve better.

  2. MacDaddy

    Disheartening. Sickening. I’ll be letting others know about your blog and lining you to my own blog at Keep up the good fight.

  3. I recently blogged about the murder of Zoliswa Nkonyana as well as the murders of Sizakele Sisgasa and Salome Masooa. It is important these women get recognized. The world must be made aware of the rampant homophobia in South Africa that is leading to murder for love and or sexual identity.

    Renees last blog post..Muslim American Women And Domestic Violence

  4. This story upset me terribly. What are our communities coming to? Queerlife covered the story as it touched many people’s lives. people have to become aware of the senseless killings because of sexual orientation.

  5. Kendra

    This is beyond horrible. I could barely breath when I read this story. It's tragic, unmeasurably cruel that many males are taught that women are their property. They are taught to disrespect girls and women. There is no way to “correct” a Lesbian. There is nothing wrong with being Gay. This woman was gang raped, brutally beaten and stabbed to death simply because the rapists/killers felt it was okay to do this to a Lesbian. I'm sick from this. South Africa and every other country needs to have harsh laws for those who committ such crimes. Eudy Simelane is dead for no reason.