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Queer Politics, South Africa, violence against women

Lesbian activist, Ncumisa Mzamelo found murdered

Three weeks after Ncumisa Mzamelo was found dead her story was published on page 16 of the South African newspaper, The Star. This is a story of a brutal murder of a Black lesbian from Bhambayi in KwaZula Natal, whose remains were found in a deserted toilet. Ncumisa was a 21 year old activist who worked on an HIV/AIDS project, Project Empower. A police case has been opened but her friends are determined that she not only gets justice but the crime is tried as a hate crime.

Ncumisa, murder needs to be seen in the context of the two recent decisions by human rights instittuions. First the African Commission for People and Human Rights which refused observer status to the Coalition of African Lesbians [CAL] and secondly the decision by the UN General Assembly Human Rights Committee who voted to delete specific reference to killings due to sexual orientation from a resolution condemning unjustified executions. The two decisions not only directly prevent justice for LGBTI people like Ncumisa but create an environment where such violent hate crimes can take place with impunity.


  1. Bfp

    Jesus, this just makes me sick.

  2. Sokari

    Absolutely and the fact that neither the AC or UN care a shite adds to the sickening – vile stuff

  3. Mia

    These are truly the darkest, grimmest of times for the human race. It is high time we join unite and raise our voices against groups, bodies, individuals or governments for whom the LGBTIQ community is viewed as threatening, unafrican or unnatural and respond by the murder of a lesbian activist. Ncumisa Mzamelo’s work as a lesbian activist isn’t the problem… The problems the actions of those who propagate hatred, incite violence or murder and then carry such heinous crimes out because of fear or what they cannot bring themselves to understand. It’s such a shame…