The case of Lindokuhle Cele, who was brutally murdered earlier this year has been postponed to 14 December 2020.
Cele, 23, a well-known LGBTQIA+ activist, was stabbed to death in February 2020 outside a butchery in Umlazi K section, south of Durban.
According to Hlengiwe Buthelezi, ANCWL KZN LGBTIQA+ Sector Convenor, “the case has been postponed to 14 December 2020 because the Magistrate and defendant’s lawyer will be on leave from tomorrow”.
Buthelezi has lambasted the delay: “I say this reason is annoying to say the least, this has been dragging since February 2020, in the past three weeks we’ve been coming to this court at least twice week, sometimes thrice. What is the real problem? We demand justice. Justice delayed is justice denied,” she said.
Despite its progressive laws, South Africa has high rates of rape, gender based violence and homophobic crimes. Discrimination and violence against people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity remains a serious problem.
All images courtesy Hlengiwe Buthelezi.