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Friends mourn murdered CT lesbian

The gay and lesbian community will hold a memorial service for lesbian Phumeza Nkolonzi.

Phumeza Nkolonzi was shot dead on 23 June 2012 in Nyanga, Cape Town, allegedly because she was a lesbian. Picture: Malungelo Booi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Members of the gay and lesbian community will meet on Tuesday, following the murder of a young Cape Town woman killed allegedly because she was lesbian.

Phumeza Nkolonzi was shot dead at her Nyanga home on Saturday.

It is understood a suspect followed her home, kicked the door down and then shot the 21-year-old several times in front of her mother and niece.

Nyanga police said an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crime was launched.

No arrests have been made.

The motive behind the crime was not known, but Gender activist Funeka Soldaat believes it was a hate crime.

Soldaat said members of the local gay community are terrified of being targeted.

"We are meeting in a secret place because we don't want to be exposed to that [hate]. But we can't be controlled by fear."

Attendees will mourn Nkolonzi's life and discuss ways to end hate crimes.

Lesbians have been targeted in townships across the country.