SA’s LGBTQIA+ community reels from another gay murder in less than 2 weeks
The body of 40-year-old Andile ‘Lulu’ Ntuthela was found in a shallow grave in the backyard of the man who has now been arrested in connection with his murder.
JOHANNESBURG – Less than two weeks ago, South Africa’s vulnerable LGBTQIA+ community were left in shock and fear, under the hashtag #JusticeForSpha, after the murder of 34-year-old Siphamandla Khoza from KwaZulu-Natal.
His body was found in a ditch after he was stabbed and had his throat slit.
Khoza had been drinking with neighbours in Ntuzuma before he was attacked and humiliated for his sexuality.
The suspects allegedly took Khoza’s shoes and left them outside his home.
Horrifying It was #justiceforspha in less than 2 weeks ago. Please, if youre around the area, please do show up at Kwanobuhle District Court, Uitenhage tomorrow at 9am. Homophobia doesnt end at its just my opinion it ends in brutal murder! #justiceforLulu https://t.co/DMYVVjYisKNaledi Chirwa (@NalediChirwa) April 12, 2021
There are many places Id like to experience but I worry about my physical safety. They are literally chopping our heads off. #JusticeForSphaOshun of Evangelista (@GodessOshun) April 5, 2021
As the country prepares to observe Freedom Day on 27 April, the country’s minority community has again taken to social media to highlight yet another murder.
The body of 40-year-old Andile ‘Lulu’ Ntuthela was found in a shallow grave in the backyard of his murder-accused.
According to the police, the suspect was arrested on 31 March after he allegedly burnt his bedding.
The suspect’s family reported the malicious damage to property to police and indicated that they were suspicious that he may have been involved in criminal activity. When they arrived on the scene, police found bloodstains in his room as well as outside.
The suspect was hospitalised from 1 to 9 April for his mental condition.
“On his discharge from hospital, he was arrested and detained for the malicious damage to property. While detectives were questioning him, information emerged relating to the murder of Andile Ntuthela (40). Ntuthela was gay.
"On Saturday, 10 April 2021 police went back to the house with the necessary role players and the body of Ntuthela was found buried in the yard,” said Eastern Cape police spokesperson colonel Priscila Naidu.
The suspect has been remanded in custody until 1 June 2021 and will remain in custody.
South Africa’s LGBTQIA+ group took to social media to start the #JusticeForLulu hashtag following Ntuthela’s murder.
i really hate homophobic people with everything in me, and i cant stress that enough cause its even exhausting to think that there are people who are bothered by how certain people live their lives? to a point where they cause harm or take life??? #JusticeForLululungelo. (@Lnugelo_n) April 12, 2021
LGBQTIA+ advocacy group, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance of South Africa, said Ntuthela’s family was devastated.
“The family has been left distraught, the last time we spoke to them… because Andile was such a lively person who expressed himself with no issues and with confidence. This is still really sad and confusing for them.”
Gazu said there needed to be an offender’s list for people who committed hate crimes against SA’s LGBTQIA+ group.
“…and also policy formulations, particularly within the public and private sector in as far as the LGBTQIA+ community is concerned. We need clear distinctive policies with regards to these matters. We need to be prioritised. We need an LGBTIQA+ offender’s register’s list and these people need to be known.”