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Six months on, the murder of a young lesbian in Cape Town remains unsolved

Six months on, the murder of a young lesbian in Cape Town remains unsolved

Almost six months after the rape and murder of a young lesbian woman, Cape Town LGBTI groups remain shocked at the lack of progress.

Now they fear those who killed Thuthukile Mabasa in Gugulethu may never be brought to justice, IOL reported today (12 March). 

Gugulethu community leader Nuse Mpetha alleged Mabasa was raped and subsequently murdered because she was a queer woman.

What happened?

Details surrounding the case are vastly unclear.

According to Mpetha, Mabasa was last seen by a male friend in the company of a lesbian friend in September 2018.

However, how she ended up at a house in which she was allegedly ‘kept there for four days and gang-raped’ is debatable.

Mabasa’s body was later found along rail tracks close to Nyanga station, a township in Cape Town.

Mpetha added: ‘She had no parents, and only lived with a brother who appears to have mental challenges.

‘It took three months before she could be buried because there was no money to do so.’


Despite suspects arrested, police dismissed the case due to a lack of evidence.

Mpetha said the decision ‘baffled’ the Gugulethu community.

Moreover, attempts to get a case number from the police to regularly monitor progress was not successful.

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