Noluvo Swelindawo

Activist Noluvo Swelindawo’s body was found near the N2 highway in Driftsands, near Khayelitsha, with a gunshot wound in an alleged hate crime.

The 22-year-old activist was well-known in her community as an active member of the Sikhumbule Safe Space group, raising awareness campaigns and holding workshops in schools on gender-based matters, The Daily Vox reports.

Sikhumbule’s friend, Luzuko Mnukwa, and a fellow member of the group told the publication she had no doubt her friend was murdered because she was a lesbian. She further said Sikhumbule was targeted because whoever killed her, allegedly 10 men, went to her house and took her from there.

She said the community believed they knew who the culprits were but would not confirm anything until the investigation was over.

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Country:South Africa

Department/Province/State:Western Cape



Date of Killing:05/12/2016

Previous Threats:Yes

Gender component to killing:Killing preceded by identity-based verbal assault or harassment including threats

Type of Work:Social protester

Organisation:Sikhumbule Safe Space Group

Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:Civil and Political Rights

Sector Detail:LGBTI

More information:Front Line Defenders

1This database records an individual's chosen gender identity. If they do not self-identify as male or female they can use the option of recording other/neither or use the term NBGI (non binary gender identity).