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Miss Gay Kuruman killers still at large

Northern Cape police were on Wednesday searching for the killers of a gay man in Kuruman.

The man was not beheaded as had earlier been reported, Lt-Col Mashay Gamieldien said.

A carpenter charged with the murder of a widow has applied for bail, saying he did not know the victim at all. Credit: supplied

“The cause of death is still being determined by the post mortem.”

According to a report on the News24 website the man, 23-year-old Thapelo Makutle, on Friday became involved in an argument with two heterosexual men about his sexuality.

Gamieldien said the 23-year-old was found in his rented room early Saturday morning with a wound to the neck.

“No arrests have been made and police are still searching for the suspect or suspects.”

He was recently crowned Miss Gay Kuruman and took part in the Kimberley Out In Africa Gay and Lesbian Festival.

Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said the murder was a reminder that many South Africans were still denied basic rights and freedoms. She said a number of hate crimes against gays and lesbians, such as corrective rape, had taken place across the country. President Jacob Zuma should speak about the man's murder and others like it, Mazibuko said.

Zuma's spokesman Mac Maharaj said the government's record on supporting gender and gay rights was well known, and eliminating discrimination was an on-going process.

“We take any event that does not uphold these rights, that violates these rights, as a blot on our society and it needs to be counteracted at every level in our society,” he said. - Sapa

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