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A volunteer working for Legbo Northern Cape in Kuruman has been beheaded for being gay, the NGO said on Tuesday night.
Thapelo Makutle, 23, was found murdered in his rented room on Saturday.
“Witnesses told us that on Friday night two heterosexual men had an argument with Thapelo because of his sexual orientation,” Legbo director Shain Griqua said from Kimberley last night.
“They followed him home and beheaded him on his bed. Although they are known to some, they remain at large.”
Makutle was recently crowned Miss Gay Kuruman.
Griqua was on his way to Kuruman to the Makutle family, who could not be reached on Tuesday night. He said there had been a string of homophobic attacks, but politicians were not serious about tackling hate crime.
Cosatu now wants the Northern Cape government to call a summit on hate crime. Its Northern Cape secretary, Anele Gxoyiya, said Cosatu condemned the murder of “a young, brilliant soul whose head was chopped off in a hate crime for being gay”.