Love Not Hate on the brutal murder of Lindokuhle Cele

Love Not Hate is dismayed to report yet another senseless murder of a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) community.

Twenty-three-year-old Lindokuhle Cele (Lindo), a young performer and LGBTQI activist from KwaZulu Natal, was stabbed repeatedly in a shop in uMlazi, outside of Durban. Lindo later died at the Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital as a result of the stab wounds.

The family of the deceased deemed the attack a hate crime because of the brutality of the crime and because the deceased was known to the suspect. Lindo’s aunt, Nombuso Cele, told SABC News that the killer “was against him being gay.”

Lindo was stabbed repeatedly on the spine and the killer left the knife lodged in his left eye. Lindo’s aunt also further relayed that there were witnesses to the incident but that no-one intervened even as he begged for mercy.

The accused, 30-year-old Mvuyisi Moguda, was subsequently arrested and appeared in the Umlazi Magistrate’s Court on Monday 10 February. The accused’s hands were covered with bandages in the courtroom – apparently to cover the cuts he sustained from the alleged murder weapon. The accused has been remanded in custody and will appear again on 17 February to apply for bail.

Hate Crime Manager at OUT LGBT Well-being, Roché Kester, says that hate crimes targeting the LGBTQI community are a huge concern. “This is the third major incident in the last two months that has resulted in death due to the sexual orientation or gender identity of the victim,” she notes.

In December 2019, 25-year-old Portia Simphiwe Mtshweni, a lesbian woman, was murdered and mutilated in Tweefontein, Mpumalanga; and in January, 28-year-old transgender activist Nare Mphela’s decomposing body was found in a rented room in Parkmore, Sekgakgapeng Village, outside Mokopane. In both of these cases, no arrests have been made.

“Serious measures need to be instituted by government to ensure that there is education in communities and schools about LGBTQI issues,” says Kester. “Senseless attacks like these should not be tolerated at all in our country. There needs to be a normalisation of LGBTQI issues so that the LGBTQI community need not live in fear that their constitutional rights are constantly violated or that they may be the next victim of a brutal attack.”

The KZN Provincial LGBTI Task Team has been alerted about the crime. Love Not Hate, which will monitor the case, calls on the Department of Justice to escalate these matters via the National Rapid Response Team.

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