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Ventersdorp murder might be homophobic

Police are investigating whether the murder of a girl in Ventersdorp was a homophobic attack.

FILE. Police are investigating whether the murder of a girl in Ventersdorp was a homophobic attack. Picture: sxc.hu.

JOHANNESBURG - Police have confirmed they are investigating whether the rape and murder of an 18-year-old girl in Ventersdorp in the North West was a homophobic attack.

Disebo Makau's body was found close to her home on Friday.

While police say the motive for the killing is still being investigated, her family and friends believe she was killed because she was a lesbian.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it's calling for a nationwide public education campaign on gay rights.

The party's Phumzile van Damme says they will request a debate on the protection of gay people when Parliament reconvenes this week.

"We'll visit the departments of education, social development, justice, correctional services, sit them down together and devise a strategy to make sure that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) rights are strengthened."

Meanwhile, a 24-year-old man has appeared in the Ventersdorp Magistrates Court for Makau's murder.

It's believed her strangled her with a shoe-lace.

The case was postponed to Monday next week.

At the same time, human rights organisations have voiced their anger against the murder.