Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Gender activists outraged at Khayelitsha murder trial being delayed

By: Sasha Forbes
26 August 2008

Gender activist are “out rage ‘”after the trial of nine men accused of brutally murdering a young women in Khayelitsha more than two years ago the trial was postponed yet again after a three months delay because another man’s lawyer with drew, citing non payment of fees as a reason.

Zoliswa Nkonyana, 19 years old was murdered by a mob of 20 men in February 2006.She was apparently targeted by her attackers because she lived a life of a lesbian openly. Nine men were arrested in connection with her death. The nine men last appeared in court on 20 May 2006.

The trial always gets postponed.Venessa Ludwig, director of the Triangle Project, said ‘the suspects always constantly switching lawyers is absolutely unacceptable delaying tactics”.

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