By Melanie Nathan, October 18, 2013.
According to Sapa, police in Gauteng, South Africa have confirmed that a 22-year-old man was arrested in Tokoza in connection with the horrific and brutal murder of a young lesbian, Duduzile Zozo.
The man is scheduled to appear for charges, in the Palm Ridge Magistrates’ Court on Monday, according to Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini.
“Police had been following up information since her body was found. Several suspects were arrested for questioning and released,” he said.
On June 30, the half-naked body of 26-year-old Zozo was discovered in Tokoza, Ekurhuleni, near her family home. Her mother Thuziwe Zozo told activists at the time of the funeral that she suspected her daughter was killed because she was a lesbian. The case received widespread attention after press noted that a toilet brush was inserted into the victim’s vagina, a factor pointing to a motive of anti-lesbian hate.
According to Sapa’s report, the victim apparently died of strangulation.
The law in South Africa does not permit the police, at this point, to reveal the name of the arrested suspect .
The so called “corrective rape”of lesbians is endemic in South African townships and often includes the murder of the victim. Currently the South African Government Task Team on Hate Crimes, focusing on this issue, has noted its renewed efforts to work towards reforms and curbing these crimes.
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