Durban musician brutally killed in alleged homophobic attack

Durban musician brutally killed in alleged homophobic attack

An Umlazi family's been speaking about their disbelief after their 23-year-old son was murdered at a local butchery. 

Lindokuhle Cele

Lindokuhle Cele had gone to the K-section shop on Thursday night when he was stabbed with a butcher's knife. 

The local musician died on arrival at hospital. 

Family spokesperson Nombuso Cele says, "A guy had already told some of his friends he didn't like Lindo because he was gay. So he wanted to finish him. He didn't like the fact that he was beautiful and that people loved him so much and the fact that he was famous."

"So, he wanted to do everything in his power to make sure that he destroys his face, as well as his eyes. He wanted to leave him blind."

Police say a 30-year-old suspect will appear in the Umlazi Magistrate's Court on Monday on a charge of murder.

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Reacting to the murder, KZN Social Development MEC Mrs Nonhlanhla Khoza says: “Cele's murder points that we are facing a crisis in our society where people fail to respect the right to life. It is clear that Cele’s killer had no conscience or sympathy of the pain inflicted upon the family and the society at large." 

"Our government and other stakeholders have done a lot to educate our communities about the LGBTQI community. These days, we shouldn't be talking about discrimination or murders that are fuelled by homophobia.”

Following the murder, #Justice4Lindo started trending on Twitter. 

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