Noluvo Swelindawo was well-liked in Driftsands, near Khayelitsha, where she lived with her partner Nqabisa Mkatali. Neighbours describe 22-year-old Noluvo as a kind woman who never had any problems with anyone in the community.
The only difference between Noluvo and Nqabisa and their neighbours was that the couple lived openly as lesbians, something which was still somewhat unusual in their community. However, the couple was well-liked and nobody could have predicted that somebody in the area was nursing a potentially dangerous grudge against them.
On Friday, December 2, 2016, Noluvo suffered a swollen eye after being assaulted by a young man who lived in the neighbourhood. Sigcine Mdani had stamped on Noluvu’s head and kicking her in the face several times.
The next day the windows to her house were shattered and the door kicked open. Noluvo was abducted by her assailant/s. On Sunday, December 4, her body was found with a gunshot wound near the N2 highway.
Noluvo's partner was also assaulted and threatened after her death, and even had to go into hiding for a while.