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Slain lesbian's family demands tougher ruling

Duduzile Zozo's half naked body was found near her home in Thokoza over a week ago.

Duduzile Zozo was murdered for being a lesbian. Picture: Facebook

JOHANNESBURG - The family of a young East Rand woman who was murdered, allegedly because she was a lesbian, on Saturday called for harsher sentences for her attackers.

Duduzile Zozo's half naked body was found near her home in Thokoza over a week ago.

The 26-year-old had been sexually assaulted and died from internal injuries.

Her funeral was held on Saturday.

Zozo's relative Jabulile Khumalo said that although she had been laid to rest, she is still traumatised by the manner in which she was murdered.

"I'm still hurt because we are at the end, and it is very terrible in our hearts the way she was killed."

Zozo was her family's sole breadwinner and shared a shack with her mother and three sisters.

Khumalo has called on authorities to work swiftly to bring those responsible to book before another woman falls victim to such violence.

"My message to the police is - they must work hard before they kill someone else."

No arrests have been made in connection with her killing as yet.