A young gay South African was murdered last week in the Northern Cape after getting into an argument with two men about his sexuality and gender.
Thapelo Makutle (right), a drag performer who may have identified as trans, was found in his apartment with his throat slashed. A volunteer with LGBT rights group Legbo Northern Capetown, he was seen being harassed earlier that night by two men at a nightclub. Witnesses say they saw the duo follow the victim home when he left at 1am.
Friend Moisama Boyang called Makutle “fun-loving and outgoing.”
A disturbing number of violent attacks on gay people has plagued South Africa, including a lesbian who was stabbed in the North Province and a string of gruesome homocides of gay men in Johannesburg.