South African man’s right ear shot off by anti-gay attackers

A 23-year-old was badly beaten and molested at a petrol station on his birthday by a group of drunken young men in Cape Town

South African man’s right ear shot off by anti-gay attackers
12 April 2013

A South African man has said he was brutally attacked and had a part of his right ear shot off just for being openly gay.

Lunga Voko, 23, said he had been out celebrating his birthday and was walking to a friend’s house at around 5.30pm, The South African Times reports.

A group of drunken men at a petrol station began swearing at him from a car and began hurling gay slurs at him for wearing shorts.  

‘They got out of the car and started asking me questions like why I’m a moffie. The next thing one of the guys slapped me and another attacked me with an iron rod, while the others gathered half bricks,’ said Voko, who added his friends ran away.

He said he lost consciousness after he was hit on the head, with some witnesses later telling Voko’s family that men had pulled his penis out to see whether it had been circumcised.

As he lay there on the ground unconscious, one of the enraged men fired at him with a gun and parts of his right ear were shot off.

When Voko woke up the next day in hospital, he went to the Philippi East police station to lodge a complaint. He was contacted by police more than a week later saying they had tracked down the car’s number plate through the garage’s CCTV footage.

A Western Cape police spokesman André Traut said police were investigating the case and no arrests had yet been made.



No thumbnail available

Brunei will stone you if you have gay sex from next week

United Nations has appealed to Brunei to delay the penal code that will introduce death by stoning for several crimes including homosexuality
No thumbnail available

Neil Patrick Harris gives new hubby a chance to shine on stage

Tony winner to direct David Burtka in solo New York City cabaret show
No thumbnail available

HIV+ man faces jail for unprotected sex in Taiwan

Teacher arrested under the HIV Infection Control and Patient Rights Protection Act
No thumbnail available

Game of Thrones star Kristian Nairn has long been eager to publicly come out as gay

'I've been waiting for someone to ask about it in an interview, because it's not something  you just blurt out'
No thumbnail available

There will be gay wedding in upcoming issue of X-Men comic book

Northstar will marry his boyfriend in issue that ships June 20
No thumbnail available

Gay Filipino celebrity hairdresser has helped 8,000 kids with cancer

Ricky Reyes' Child Haus in the Philippines has cared for 8,000 children over 8 years
No thumbnail available

Two couples try to register gay marriages in Beijing

Volunteers from Beijing LGBT Centre tried to register marriages on Valentine’s Day
Anti-gay preacher Franklin Graham furious White House was lit in rainbow pride colors

Anti-gay preacher Franklin Graham furious White House was lit in rainbow pride colors

'This is arrogantly flaunting sinful behavior in the face of Almighty God'
No thumbnail available

Gay ‘cure’ victims tell stories of suicide, flashbacks and sex abuse

Most gays and lesbians who have gone through ‘conversion therapy’ say they have been harmed long-term – isolated, depressed and in sham marriages, says new survey
No thumbnail available

Mr Gay Namibia suspended after domestic violence claims

Wendelinus Hamutenya claims organizers of gay pageant are trying to 'sabotage' his work