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Lesbians' killing slammed

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Kamogelo Seekoei

Kamogelo Seekoei

Friends and family have condemned the murders of two Soweto young women believed to have paid the price for being lesbian lovers.

Saddened by the tragedy, a friend described the double killings as a "hate crime".

Salome Masooa, 23, and Sizakele Sigasa, 30, were killed in the early hours of Sunday and their bodies found near Zone 1 Meadowlands.

They had both been shot in the head. Their bodies were lying next to each other, a few metres from the car they were travelling in.

Police are still hunting for the killers.

A friend of the two women, Tshidi Legobya, said she partied with them on Saturday night.

"They were not happy because they had just had a tiff. But they sorted things out before they left the party," she said.

"The murder was undoubtedly a hate crime," Legobya said.

Another friend, Granny Modutoane, said she had attended a "lesbian mother's workshop" with Masooa in March.

"The aim of the workshop was to teach lesbian mothers how to deal with their children and Salome wanted to learn something for her young daughter," she said.

During a moving memorial service at Ipelegeng community hall in White City Jabavu yesterday, women's rights organisations and relatives called for the police to bring the perpetrators to book.

"We cannot just stand by and watch while these things happen. We have to stand up as women and do something," said Prudence Mabele, of Positive Women's Network.

Mabele also called on Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to take seriously the campaign to extend the 16 days of Activism against Women and Children to 365.

Carrie Shelver of People Opposing Women Abuse said the organisation would support the families in fighting for justice, adding that she believed the women were killed because they were lesbian.

The women will be buried at the Avalon Cemetery at noon tomorrow after a service at the Bapedi Hall in Zone One, Meadowlands, Soweto.


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