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Partner of lesbian woman murdered in Khayelitsha testifies

Noluvo Swelindawo was abducted, assaulted and murdered in December last year.

FILE: Noluvo Swelindawo. Picture: Facebook.com

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court on Tuesday heard evidence from the partner of a lesbian murdered in what’s believed to be a hate crime.

Noluvo Swelindawo was abducted, assaulted and murdered in December last year in Khayelitsha.

Her bloodied body was found under a bridge the day after she was abducted.

Swelindawo was a gay woman and the State believes her murder was a hate crime.

The 22-year-old’s partner testified in court.

She claims the accused Sigcine Mdani assaulted her girlfriend at a party, a day before she was shot dead.

The State believes Mdani and a group of men broke into Swelindawo’s shack the following day and kidnapped her before shooting her dead and dumping her body under a bridge near the N2 highway.