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Relatives bid farewell to CT lesbian

Phumeza Nkolonzi, who was killed in an apparent hate crime, was buried in Mandalay on Saturday.

Phumeza Nkolonzi was shot dead in Nyanga allegedly because she was a lesbian. Picture: Malungelo Booi/EWN
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MANDALAY - Relatives of a Nyanga woman who was killed in an apparent hate crime gathered at a funeral service to say their final goodbyes on Saturday.

Phumeza Nkolonzi was shot dead in front of her grandmother and niece on 23 June, 2012.

A man allegedly followed her home from a local meeting spot and broke down the door to her family home.

He then fired several shots directly at Nkolonzi without saying a word.

The grey clouds and chilly weather in Cape Town were a direct reflection of the mood at Nkolonzi’s funeral service.

The New Apostolic Church in Mandalay was packed with friends, family and several gay rights activists.

Those in the room stared at the coffin centered in the middle of the church.

Purple and white flowers were neatly placed on top of the 22-year-old’s coffin. 

Metres away sat a grieving grandmother with a blank look on her face.

During the service, friends and family members described Nkolonzi as a confident and care-free person.

Meanwhile, Nyanga police are still hunting for her attacker.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)

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