"Everybody has a right to life" says aunt of murdered LGBTQI+ activist

"Everybody has a right to life" says aunt of murdered LGBTQI+ activist

The family of Durban gender activist Lindokuhle Cele has welcomed the 25-year prison sentence handed down to the man convicted of his murder. 

Lindokuhle Cele

The Durban High Court sentenced 32-year-old Mvuyisi Noguda, who stabbed Cele 21 times, in an apparent hate crime, at an Umlazi butchery, last year. Noguda testified he attacked the aspiring musician out of anger. 

He said he believed the 23-year-old had drugged and raped him at a New Year's Day gathering. 

But the judge dismissed his plea, saying the defence couldn't prove the alleged rape. Outside the court, Cele's aunt, Nombuso read out an emotional letter to the media. 

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Mvuyisi Noguda
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"To those who feel discriminated against, be just like Lindo, just push until your haters realise that we are all human beings and that they should accept everyone. S

"South Africa is a democratic country, Lindo had a right to life, everybody has a right to live peacefully." 

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