Joint Statement – Zoliswa Nkonyana murder trial set to conclude after five years

On 4 February 2006, Zoliswa Nkonyana was brutally murdered in Khayeltisha, Cape Town. A group of young men stabbed, clubbed, kicked and beat her to death. Zoliswa was 19 years old and lived openly as a lesbian. For this, she lost her life. She died only metres from her home. The court case – which has been ongoing for more than five years – against nine of the men who stand accused of murdering her is finally scheduled to be concluded. We have been informed by the Magistrate that the verdict will be delivered when the trial reconvenes from 7 – 9 September 2011 at the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court.

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