Why Can’t South African Police Convict All 11 Of Zoliswa Nkonyana’s Rapists?

In South Africa, roving groups of men sometimes try to “cure” lesbians of their homosexuality by gang raping them. In the case of Cape Town’s Zoliswa Nkonyana, a group of about 11 men ages 17 to 20 chased her home, pelted her with bricks, repeatedly kicked and raped her and then finally beat her to death with a golf club. Four of the men got convicted for her brutal murder this last week. But five other men arrested in connection with the crime have not been convicted, seemingly because of a lack of evidence. Of course, we know just how shoddily the South African police investigate anti-gay murders.