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Justice Delayed: Activist engagement in the Zoliswa Nkonyana murder trial

A research study conducted by Triangle Project.

Author : Ingrid Lynch, Triangle Project

Publication Date : 2013-05-03 00:00:00

Category : Papers and Submissions


Justice Delayed: Activist engagement in the Zoliswa Nkonyana murder trial

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This study sets out to conduct an in-depth analysis of activist engagement surrounding the murder trial of Zoliswa Nkonyana, in order to identify barriers to justice as well as critical areas of intervention for activists. On the 4th of February 2006 Zoliswa Nkonyana was beaten and stabbed to death by a group of young men. Only nine of the men involved in the attack were charged and after a drawn out trial marked by more than 40 postponements, including the escape and recapture of some of the accused, four of the accused were convicted and sentenced. On the 1st of February 2012, almost six years after Zoliswa’s murder, the court handed down a landmark judgement when it was recognised for the first time in a South African case that prejudice directed at sexual orientation was the motivation for the attack.