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Lesbian killers lose appeal application

The Khayelitsha Regional Court refused to allow four men convicted of killing Zoliswa Nkonyana to appeal.

The Khayelitsha Regional Court. Picture:EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Khayelitsha Regional Court on Friday refused to grant four men convicted of killing Zoliswa Nkonyana leave to appeal.

The 19-year-old was murdered in 2006 because she was a lesbian. Nkonyana was stabbed before she was stoned to death just metres from her home.

Nine men were originally charged with her murder, but five were acquitted due to a lack of evidence.

Her killers received 18-year prison terms in February. Four of the years were suspended.

Disappointment was written all over the faces of the four men as they left the courtroom.

Lubabalo Ntlabathi, Sicelo Mase, Luyanda Londzi and Mbulelo Damba were hoping the court would accept their application to appeal both the conviction and sentence, but the state argued all the issues sighted in the applications had already been addressed during the trial.

Magistrate Raadiyah Wathen agreed and said she could not foresee how another court would differ from her ruling.

Earlier this month, a 23-year-old man was brutally murdered in Northern Cape allegedly for being gay.

Thapelo Makutle was laid to rest last weekend.

Makutle was attacked after apparently walking home from a club. His head was almost entirely severed from his body and his genitals cut off and stuffed into his mouth.

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