Community to hold prayer services for murdered lesbian woman

Noluvo Swelindawo was found shot dead near the N2 highway on Sunday.

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CAPE TOWN - Several prayer services will be held in the Driftsands community near Khayelitsha this week, following the murder of a 22-year-old woman, allegedly because she was lesbian.

Noluvo Swelindawo was found dead near the N2 highway on Sunday.

She'd been shot.

Human Rights Organisation, the Triangle Project’s Sindiswa Thafeni says the deceased's grief-stricken relatives find her murder puzzling.

“They’re still very shocked, confused and have a lot of questions. Especially questions about where were the people when their daughter was abducted from the house.”

It's alleged the openly lesbian woman, also known in the community as "Vovo", was abducted from her home and assaulted at the start of the weekend.

A search ensued after Noluvo's girlfriend raised the alarm among community members, who found her body under a bridge near the N2 on Sunday morning.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)