Arrest in Lonwabo Jack's murder case welcomed

Police on Wednesday apprehended a 17-year-old boy in connection with the murder of 22-year-old Lonwabo Jack.

FILE: Murdered 22-year-old Lonwabo Jack. Picture: Gay and Lesbian Association of South Africa/Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The family of a man killed in a suspected homophobic attack has on Thursday welcomed an arrest.

Police on Wednesday apprehended a 17-year-old boy in connection with the murder of 22-year-old Lonwabo Jack.

Jack was assaulted and stabbed in Nyanga on his birthday on Sunday.

David Ntuli said the family was struggling to come to terms with his son's murder.

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“He was very humble, never gave me problems. He never got into trouble. He was someone who liked for everyone to be happy.”

Gay rights activist group #QueerLivesMatter has welcomed the arrest in Lonwabo's murder.

The organisation's Kamva Gwana said: “We welcome the arrest made in connection to the murder of Lonwabo Jack. This is no consolation to the family and the community, but it represents a step in the right direction of accountability that is often not seen in these cases.”

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