Love Not Hate is deeply saddened by the murder of 16-year-old Liyabona Mabishi, a member of the LGBTIQ+ community.
Her young life was cut short when she was brutally stabbed by three men on March 21st (Human Rights Day) in Khayelitsha, in the Western Cape.
The lesbian teen and her friend were walking when Liyabona accidentally bumped into one of a group of men. She tried to apologise but was met with violence instead. Liyabona was stabbed 13 times in this senseless attack.
She died en route to the hospital as a result of the injuries sustained during the attack. Liyabona’s friend, who tried to intervene, was also stabbed but survived.
“This horrific act of violence has no place in our society,” comments Roché Kester, the Hate Crime Manager for OUT’s Love Not Hate Program.
“There is an urgent need for the President to fulfil his promises to implement effective strategies to combat gender-based violence. Femicide is now a societal norm in South Africa and it must be countered by putting effective preventative and reactive measures in place for women to have a sense of safety in our society. This includes LBQ women,” says Kester.
Three other LGBTIQ+ South Africans have been murdered in the first three months of the year. This includes Limpopo transgender activist Nare Mphela, who was found murdered in early January; up-and-coming LGBTIQ+ musician Lindokuhle Cele, who was stabbed to death in broad daylight in KwaZulu-Natal last month; and “Jamie” Adnaan Davids, who was stabbed 25 times with a pair of scissors in Cape Town.
Love Not Hate sends its condolences to Liyabona’s family and loved ones.