Cops investigate after lesbian woman (20) is found dead

Last month, community members in Evaton North alerted police to a mutilated body near a local school.

Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police are investigating a case of murder after a 20-year-old lesbian woman was found dead near a school in Vanderbijlpark.

Motshidisi Pascalina's mutilated body was found near a local school in Evaton North last month.

Activists and rights groups who suspect it was a hate crime have taken to social media to condemn the killing.

It is with utter shock and sadness that AASA learnt of the heinous murder of Motshidisi Pascalina. On 18 December, her...

Posted by Action Aid South Africa on Monday, January 11, 2016

Her crime was not being born a black woman, but daring to love black women - the thing the world knows not how to do #MotshidisiPascalina

#MotshidisiPascalina is yet another sobering awful reminder that (queer) women seemingly find refuge only in their graves.

Who is here to protect black lesbians who live in communities with homophobes who rape and kill them. I could be #MotshidisiPascalina

The police's Tsekiso Mofokeng says, "The paramedics were on scene where the woman was abused. We are investigating a case of murder. At the moment we do not know the motive for the incident and no suspect has been arrested."

Yesterday, a march was organised in protest against hate crimes.

Editor's note: We as EWN have decided to mention the victim's sexuality as it is alleged that it is directly linked to her attack and murder, and is thus an important fact in understanding this crime and the circumstances surrounding it.