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By Sapa | Feb 01, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 47 ]

Four men were today jailed for stabbing and stoning 19-year-old lesbian Zoliswa Nkonyana to death

The brutal attack took place in 2006.

Lubabalo Ntlabathi, Sicelo Mase, Luyanda Londzi and Mbulelo Damba were sentenced by the Khayelitsha Regional Court to 18 years, four of which were suspended for five years.

A crowd outside the court cheered, sang, raised their fists and danced when news came that the men had been sentenced.

“We asked the presiding officer to sentence the men to no less than 15 years in prison as they committed a heinous crime, killed a  young woman because she was living openly as a lesbian, never showed any remorse or accepted responsibility for what they have done,” National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Eric Ntabazalila said.

“Only their parents apologised on their behalf and we believe rehabilitation stands a small chance of being achieved.”    

The men were found to have killed Nkonyana because she was openly living as a lesbian.

Another five accused were acquitted.

The National Prosecuting Authority's Ntabazalila said the sentence sent a strong message that hate crimes would not be tolerated.

“We are happy that the court agreed with us that these gentlemen did not show any remorse and had a slim chance of being rehabilitated,” he said.

Nkonyana’s stepfather, Gladwell Mandini, 45, said: “They did not accept responsibility for what they did and we are happy that when we asked for a lengthy jail term, she (the magistrate) agreed to that.”   

He said the long court case that saw numerous postponements had been an ordeal for the family.

“It wasn’t easy all these times the case was postponed. As the family we have accepted this, but the loss we will not forget.”   

Jayne Arnoff, a director of the gay and lesbian organisation Triangle Project, said they were satisfied with the sentencing.

“The magistrate said Zoliswa had a right to live openly as a lesbian because that was her own choice,” she said.

“She sent out a strong message that we are a diverse society and that we must respect each other’s diversity.”  

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The loss of life is always sad regardless of how and the circumstances surrounding it.Some of us may not have experienced death of a loved one yet but believe me ,you will one day.Whether that person was a drunkard,"useless",gay or lesbian.

All I am saying is look beyond what the person was but who she was.I am not close to any gay or lesbian but I belive that how they live their lives has nothing to do with me.

As for the 14 year sentence its appalling.

Feb 01, 2012 8:48 | 0 replies

Only 14 years??? thats nothing cause they can get out in 7 years

Feb 01, 2012 2:12 | 0 replies

maneater

Ironic choice of name for a homophobic dude.

Feb 01, 2012 2:12 | 0 replies

dre10
Only God and Jesus can Judge us


Good idea Dre! Lets shoot the buggers and let god sort them out,

Feb 01, 2012 2:10 | 0 replies

MabhebezaEC2

read book of Romans and u will see that i am right, unless u are a Jew.

Feb 01, 2012 2:7 | 0 replies

@MabhebezaEC2
@dre10
Only God and Jesus can Judge us.
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Correction my man, only God can judge us!!!
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What is the source of your correction to dre10??? What makes you think his statement was wrong therefore of necessity required correction?

Feb 01, 2012 2:5 | 0 replies

@dre10
Only God and Jesus can Judge us.
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Correction my man, only God can judge us!!!

Feb 01, 2012 1:47 | 0 replies

@maneater why the hate?? I honestly could not care what business they do in their own private time but lets not spread hate

BTW...Direct translation of ur name in Sesotho/setswana means something else hey..thats why i woonder why u hate them

Feb 01, 2012 1:42 | 0 replies

@RobinH
MGEEZ: In most instance I would agree with you, but in this particular case it was all about discrimination against gay people.
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Point taken

Feb 01, 2012 1:30 | 0 replies

@MommaC
a rhino horn is worth $ 1 mil not to mention their value in terms of the tourism that they bring to this country so i say yes rhinos need to be protected. as for Gays and lesbians well i do not know they do not bring any joy to my life.

Feb 01, 2012 1:29 | 0 replies

@MommaC
i do not hate them they just do not add any value in my life

Feb 01, 2012 2:15 | 0 replies