Men sentenced to 18 years for Killing South African lesbian.

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Gay rights advocates in South Africa hailed a judge's sentencing of four men to 18 years each in prison for brutally slaying a 19-year-old lesbian.


Hatred fueled the 2006 stabbing and stoning of Zoliswa Nkonyana, who was targeted because of her sexual orientation, Magistrate Raadiya Whaten ruled.
Four years' credit was given to Lubabolo Ntlabathi, Sicelo Mase, Luyanda Londzi and Mbulelo Damba, meaning they will spend 14 additional years behind bars.
"The sentence sent a strong message that hate crimes would not be tolerated," national prosecuting attorney spokesman Eric Ntabazalila told the South African Press Association.
Gay rights advocates celebrated Wednesday's ruling.
"It was the first time discrimination based on sexual orientation was named as an aggravating factor in a South African criminal trial," the Triangle Project gay and lesbian rights group said in a written statement.
Gay marriage is legal in South Africa, which was the first African nation to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Homosexuality is illegal in most African countries, based on rules left over from the British colonial era, when sodomy laws were introduced.
Despite South Africa's anti-discrimination provisions, attacks based on sexual orientation persist, rights groups say.
After interviews in six of South Africa's nine provinces last year, New York-based Human Rights Watch concluded that "social attitudes towards homosexual, bisexual, and transgender people in South Africa have possibly hardened over the last two decades. The abuse they face on an everyday basis may be verbal, physical, or sexual -- and may even result in murder"
This week officials from another rights group said they hope this week's sentencing will set a precedent across Africa.
"We hope that this message is heard loud and clear across the rest of the continent, where homophobic discrimination is widespread and where homosexuality is a crime," the non-profit People Against Suffering, Oppression and Poverty said in a statement.

rayOFsunshine at 10-02-2012 06:06PM (8 years ago)
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serves him right
he should have had life sentence self
but here in Nigeria, he could get only 3 yrs for killing dozens of people in the name of wat i dont understand
Jahmingo at 10-02-2012 06:20PM (8 years ago)
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They threw away their young lives through bigotry and ignorance. One would think
that being South Africans fully conversant with the era of Aparthied they would
understand what it meant to hate others because of perceived differences.
Jahmingo at 10-02-2012 06:25PM (8 years ago)
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His face is stamped with self righteous ignorance ... poor boy
he now has a lot of time to reflect over his misdeeds to other
human beings.
winace at 11-02-2012 01:24AM (8 years ago)
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If GOD d creator destroy sodom an gomorah cus of dis, then its evil. Killing was not d solution but being gay is an insult against GOD. U gays will face GOD and explain to him on judgement day. This is really endtime. We shld becareful.
Dan_Fulani at 28-04-2012 08:06PM (7 years ago)
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Killing is wrong, no matter the reason. This man is wrong for
killing the woman for being a lesbian. Who gave him the right to
judge, sentence a woman to death and kill her?

He should have been given the death penalty. A life for a life.

dan fulani
KANAYOSURVIVAL2 at 28-04-2012 08:13PM (7 years ago)
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phyuk all of you there.
richi192 at 16-07-2012 03:27PM (7 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Shocked

chicco77 at 31-08-2012 01:21PM (7 years ago)
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 Shocked Shocked
deboalabi262 at 30-01-2013 12:27PM (7 years ago)
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 Lips Sealed Lips Sealed Lips Sealed

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ogayan at 22-02-2013 08:45AM (7 years ago)
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that serves them right they dont want guys dik again
PoliticxGuru at 21-08-2015 09:16AM (4 years ago)
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Mad people