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Pule Botlhokwane gets two life sentences for murdering young lesbian, Disebo Makau

Pule Stoffel Botlhokwane, hate-crime murderer of Disebo Gift Makau in South Africa.

South Africa, 21 May 2014
On Wednesday 20 May 2015, at the Potchesfstoom High Court, North West Province, Judge Kruger sentenced Pule Stoffel Botlhokwane two life terms and fifteen years for robbery. He was charged for: (i) Murder, (ii) Rape, and (iii) Robbery Click here to read the full press release.



Disebo 'Gift' Makau murder


South Africa, 13 May 2015

VIDEO. Disebo 'Gift' Makau a young lesbian from Ventersdorp, North West province of SA was raped and murdered because of her sexual orientation. Iranti along with FEW, and LGBTI groups in the town has advocated for justice to served. This story is about the love and loss families and loved ones experience. When hate and violence against lesbians are increasing and in a place where tensions between freedom, human rights, poverty, hate and human dignity is embedded in the challenges we face in South Africa.



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Justice must prevail for Disebo Gift Makau and the LGBTI community of Ventersdorp

by Jabu Pereira


South Africa, 24 August 2014

The marquee is down, the crowds of mourners have retreated back to their homes, and yet there is an eery presence in this tiny town. It is a presence of fear and uncertainty about the future, and the acceptance of loss. Gift will no longer walk the streets in her queer, gender-bending clothing. Popularly known as Owen to the soccer team, she will no longer arrive for football practice and matches.


There is no silence in this town. The accused in this case, known as Burkie, meaning whitey, because of his light skin, belongs to the SVAs, a gang of men that have robbed and caused turmoil in this community. There are two additional rival gangs the SVKs and the HLs. Iranti team felt this fear as the SVKs attempted to intimidate us, grabbing their crotches, rubbing it and staring at us without fear. We received a message, and we know that the attacks on Lesbians, Gay and Transgender persons are not over, in fact, the attacks have just begun to surface.


Our work has only begun in Ventersdorp, we must return to ensure that as a collective, we can build a vibrant LGBTI movement in Ventersdorp, that security measures are put in place, that government must work with the community to ensure effective services such as visible policing, effective lighting at night and youth programmes that build positive self-esteem.


Click here to see the photo essay about LGBTI activism in Ventersdorp during the past week.

P de Witt signs the Ventersdorp community memorandum about  the justice they seek for Gift Makau's murder


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South Africa’s dangerous ‘normalisation’ of violence


South Africa, 24 August 2014

Jabu Pereira, Iranti executive director, speaks out on hate crimes in South Africa. An interview with eNCA on the recent murder of a young lesbian, Gift Makau, in Ventersdorp.


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Suspect arrested for murder of Ventersdorp lesbian woman

Source: eNCA reports from Ventersdorp, on the murder of a proudly-out lesbian, Mpho 'Gift' Makau.





Lesbian murdered in Ventersdorp

Disebo Mpho Makau ("Gift")

South Africa, 16 August 2014
BREAKING NEWS: Lesbian is brutally killed in Ventersdorp. The perpetrator has been arrested. "Continued silence from the State about hate crimes has to stop. The Hate Crimes Task Team needs to upscale its work." says Jabu Pereira, Iranti.
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Disebo 'Gift' Makau's alleged perpetrator goes on trial at the Klerksdorp High Court


South Africa, 13 May 2015

Disebo Makau, a 24 year old lesbian woman was brutally murdered in Ventersdorp, North West province in August 2014. Pule Stoffel Botlhokwane will stand trail at the Klerksdorp High Court from 18-22 May 2015. Click here to read the press release and click here to listen to the podcast.



Iranti goes to Ventersdorp court for mass action to protest delays


South Africa, 19 January 2015
bullet The Iranti media team will be heading to Ventersdorp this week to monitor and lobby the judicial system on the case of Disebo Gift Makau. Disebo Gift Makau, a 24 year-old lesbian was found half naked and strangled on 15 August 2014. She had a wire around her neck with an open hosepipe pushed down her throat. Her case is another example of a hate crime, which the Rapid Response Team, has failed to attend to. Iranti and the LGBTI community from the North West Province (Gay and Lesbians of Rustenburg, Gay Umbrella from Mafikeng, groups from Ventersdorp, Klerksdorp and Potchestroom) have organised a mass action outside the Ventersdorp Magistrate Court from 9am on Thursday 29 January 2015.

Click here for the Press Release. Click on the image below for a larger version.


Gift Makau poster for mass action against hate crime in Ventersdorp, South Africa


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