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Sunday, October 16, 2011

An Overdue Victory for Zoliswa Nkonyana

Photos-Zanele Muholi
Photo-Zanele Muholi
Photo- Zanele Muholi

Zanele Muholi is a South African, lesbian photographer who uses her photos as a form of activism.  Muholi has documented more than 50 rapes targeting lesbians in various South African townships as well as continues to capture the everyday lives of women who dare to love.

More than six years ago, 19 year-old Zoliswa Nkonyana was beaten to death because she was a lesbian. According to the Mail & Guardian, “In what gay lobby groups have termed a classic hate crime, the 19-year-old was clubbed, kicked and beaten to death by a mob of about 20 young men on February 4, 2006. The youths, aged between 17 and 20, chased Nkonyana, pelted her with bricks and finally beat her with a golf club a few metres from her home. ..”

Finally after five years of postponements, last week four men were convicted of the murder of Zoliswa Nkonyana and three others were acquitted of the original 9 arrested. To learn more about this case and the particular challenges of Black lesbians in South Africa read the following article by Diane Anderson-Minshall .

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