Homophobic killings: LGBTI+ community calls for Hate Crimes Bill to be passed

More than 100 young people marched to KwaMakhutha police station to call for a thorough investigation into Anele Bhengu's murder.

The body of Anele Bhengu was discovered on 13 June 2021 in a ditch near a school in the KwaMakhutha community, south of Durban. Picture: Supplied.

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KWAMAKHUTHA - There are renewed calls on Youth Day for Parliament to pass the Hate Crimes Bill as a matter of urgency.

Activists from the LGBTI+ community marched to the KwaMakhutha police station to highlight the danger they are facing.

This followed the murder of Anele Bhengu this week in a suspected hate crime targeting the LGBTIQ+ community.

More than 100 young people marched to the police station to call for a thorough investigation into Bhengu's murder.

She was a lesbian and her family believes she was raped, before being stabbed to death.

Bhengu’s cousin and family spokesperson Thabani Seme told Eyewitness News that the family was not happy about how the case is being handled so far.

“We haven’t gotten any updates about what has happened since my sister [cousin] was murdered on Saturday.”

Her friend Sabelo Ntethe said the gruesome murder has reignited fears within the LGBTI community.

“I’m also a lesbian. As a member of the LGBTI community, this is not good for us. I hope my friend rests in peace. We’re going to fight for her and get justice for her.”

Convener of the LGBTI community in KwaZulu-Natal, Hlengiwe Buthelezi said public officials must fast-track the implementation of the Hate Crimes Bill.

"We have advocated for the Hate Crimes Bill and we've sent the draft to Parliament in 2018 was the last we heard of it. Nothing has come to the fore thus far.

Buthelezi said Bhengu was the eleventh person killed for their sexuality since February last year and police must demonstrate that they were serious about resolving these murders.

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