A young gay woman – who was only 20 years old – has been brutally murdered in South Africa over the Christmas holidays shortly after graduating high school.
Motshidisi Pascalina mutilated body was found in an open field near her home in Evaton township, Gauteng province. She was last seen on 16 December.
Cedric Davids, a member of the Young Communists’ League working committee in Gauteng, told eNCA news.
Her body was discovered in a veld two days later. We suspect she was raped. Her body was burnt. Her eyes were taken out and her private parts were mutilated.
Most of her body had sustained burn injuries. Her parents identified her by her tattoo on her leg, it was the only thing visible.”
The police’s Tsekiso Mofokeng added,
The paramedics were on scene where the woman was abused. We are investigating a case of murder. At the moment we do not know the motive for the incident and no suspect has been arrested.”
Police her sexuality is the reason for the crime. Four men have been reportedly arrested in connection to the murder.
Yesterday, a march was organised in protest against hate crimes, and the hashtag #MotshidisiPascalina is currently trending on Twitter with people expressing their shock and anger at the murder.
The thing that makes me most sad about #MotshidisiPascalina's murder is that it will probably illicit very little, if any, concern & anger.
— Gugulethu Mhlungu (@GugsM) January 12, 2016
Who is here to protect black lesbians who live in communities with homophobes who rape and kill them. I could be #MotshidisiPascalina
— Baconista (@SlyPod) January 12, 2016
Black people,we unite against racism,sho. Yet when it comes to brutal homophobic acts, support is on zero. WHY? #MotshidisiPascalina
— Nachami (@Zion_SD) January 13, 2016
Why the selective outrage? #MotshidisiPascalina was killed for being lesbian and this isn't making headlines. We need to stop the hypocrisy.
— Mondli Zondo (@MoZondo) January 13, 2016
#MotshidisiPascalina is yet another sobering awful reminder that (queer) women seemingly find refuge only in their graves.
— Msomi (@Msomifaya) January 12, 2016