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LGBTI activist in front of the Pretoria North Magistrates Court.

LGBTI activist in front of the Pretoria North Magistrates Court.

Dancing and chanting by LGBTI activists. Photo by Kokeletso Legoete

Dancing and chanting by LGBTI activists. Photo by Kokeletso Legoete

“My body! My Rights! Respect it!”, poster held by Sweeto Mahlatse, an activist from Vosloorus. Photo by Kokeletso Legoete

“My body! My Rights! Respect it!”, poster held by Sweeto Mahlatse, an activist from Vosloorus. Photo by Kokeletso Legoete

The North West LGBTI activists from Common Diversity and Gay Umbrella came through to support the activation. Photo by Kokeletso Legoete

The North West LGBTI activists from Common Diversity and Gay Umbrella came through to support the activation. Photo by Kokeletso Legoete

“Lesbian Lives Matter” and “They will not kill us all” posters. Photo by Kokeletso Legoete

“Lesbian Lives Matter” and “They will not kill us all” posters. Photo by Kokeletso Legoete

“Justice delayed is Justice denied” poster by activists. Photo by Kokeletso Legoete

“Justice delayed is Justice denied” poster by activists. Photo by Kokeletso Legoete

Thabo Molefe in tears after being found guilty of rape and murder. Photo by Kokeletso Legoete

Thabo Molefe in tears after being found guilty of rape and murder. Photo by Kokeletso Legoete

 

 

 

 

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Thembelihle Sokhela ~ A story of rage and disappointment by the justice system

November 2015. On Wednesday 30 July 2015 at the Pretoria North Magistrates Court, Judge Mokgosi sentenced Thembelihle Sokhela’s rapist and murderer, Thabo Molefe (46) to 22 years in jail. However, the LGBTI community feels justice has failed them. “It is unbelievable how the judge read out Thabo Molefe’s previous convictions, which include him raping two minor boys. One would think that he would get life imprisonment. This is beyond failure and sadness,” said Matshididso Mofokeng, a spokesperson for an LGBTI CBO in Vosloorus, expressing her rage and disappointment about the justice system.

 

Thembelihle Sokhela (28) was found wrapped in a blanket two days after after she was reported missing, behind Thabo Molefe’s bed. From the outset, the case has been shameful. Poor police investigation by SAPS, including the abandonment of evidence from the murder scene. There have also been multiple postponements to the courtcase due to incomplete investigations and incompetency by the Daveyton SAPS in handling LGBTI cases. In 2012, Patricia Mashego, a lesbian mother was found murdered in her own house, to date the case has not yet made it to court.