A 23-year old transgender and gay man was beheaded in his home town of Kuruman, South Africa Friday, in an anti-gay hate crime.Â Thapelo Makutle,Â who wasÂ crowned Miss Gay Kuruman, was murdered by two men who remain at large. Reports state that police, for reasons of language and training, are not classifying the murder as a hate crime, and do not understand the significance of the attack. On report states the police reject thatÂ Makutle was beheaded, but acknowledge his throat was slashed.
Mamba Online reports:
According to the group Legbo Northern Cape, Thapelo Makutle was attacked at his place of work in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district on Friday. The organisation said that there was an argument related to “his sexuality and homosexuality”.
His two attackers are believed to have followed him to the room where he lived and on Saturday cut his throat, decapitating him.
They left his body under a blanket as though he were sleeping.
Makutle, who identified as both gay and transgender, was a volunteer for Legbo Northern Cape. He recently participated in the Kimberley Out In Africa Gay and Lesbian Festival, was known as a beauty queen named Queen Bling and was recently crowned Miss Gay Kuruman.
“It’s so sad. I can’t describe the pain that we are feeling right now,” Shaine Griqua, director of Legbo Northern Cape, told Mambaonline. “We have lost a young, talented, gay man who was open about who he was. The last few days have been like a dark cloud.”
He said that no arrests have yet been made in connection with the murder. He expressed his frustration with the lack of support for LGBT people in the Northern Cape and noted that hate crimes are on the rise in the province.
“We recently had a lesbian stabbed three times in a bar because they said that she should be a woman and not a man. She chose not to press charges because she didnâ€™t want her family involved,” Griqua said.
“The government is not interested in this problem,” he added.
A later report form Mamba Online states:
According to the Mothibistad police, Thapelo Makutle’s body was found lying on the floor of his rented room. It is alleged that the victim has been out with his friends that night. He left unannounced and his friends assumed that he had gone home to sleep.
Shaine Griqua, Director of Legbo Northern Cape, who first reported the attack, said that confusion around the state of the body likely stems from miscommunication due to most people in the area not speaking English as a first language.
Griqua believes that the attack was a hate crime and said that he has information that Makutle was killed as a result of an argument about his sexuality and gender appearance, but police have yet to confirm this, saying that the motive is as yet unknown.
He told Mambaonline that the police in the area are ill-equipped to deal appropriately with a hate crime.
“These people [the police] are not reliable. They donâ€™t even know what a hate crime is. If you ask them if it was related to his sexuality they will say â€˜noâ€™ because they don’t understand the context,” Griqua insisted.
Global Post adds:
In a statement, Cosatu’s Northern Cape secretary Anele Gxoyiya condemned “this brutal attack on a young, brilliant and educated soul whose head was chopped off in a hate crime.”
While South Africa is one of the few countries in the world to extend equal rights to homosexuals, and the only nation in Africa to allow same-sex marriage, the reality of life in townships and rural areas for gays and lesbians has been one of often brutal violence.
In a high-profile incident last year, Noxolo Nogwaza, a lesbian activist based in KwaThema township near Johannesburg, was gang-raped and then stabbed and stoned to death, in what the New York-based group Human Rights Watch described as part of an “epidemic” of hate crimes against gays and lesbians in South Africa.
Politics Web published a statementÂ in response to the murder, byÂ Lindiwe Mazibuko MP, Democratic AllianceÂ Parliamentary Leader:
This violent and gruesome assault is yet another reminder that many of our country’s people are still denied the basic rights and freedoms which our Constitution enshrines.
There is a spate of homophobic hate crimes which have recently taken place across our country, including the repugnant and unconscionable crime of so-called “corrective rape” committed against lesbian South African women.
At this time, South Africa needs strong leadership from President Jacob Zuma, and an indication of his commitment to ensuring that all South Africans are able to live their lives free from fear of discrimination or violence.
Unfortunately, the silence from the Presidency has been deafening. This silence is made worse by the fact that President Zuma has in the past shown himself to be prejudiced towards homosexuals.
Last year, the DA welcomed the establishment of a government-led Joint Task Team on a “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Intervention Strategy”, established in September 2011, under the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.
Unfortunately, this task team has yet to make any report on its work.
Meanwhile, the spate of crimes continues.
President Zuma must speak out against this weekend’s horrific murder, and the many others like it, which are in danger of becoming all too commonplace in our country today.
I will today be calling for a debate in Parliament about the prevalence of these crimes in South Africa, and calling on MPs to discuss what can be done by the government to address this ongoing problem.
In addition, I will also be writing to the President to ask what immediate steps his government will be taking to address the violence and intimidation that homosexual South Africans must face on a daily basis.
Such crimes, and the President’s silence on them, cannot be allowed to continue.
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Trump-Loving Bishop Blasted for Attacking Biden-Harris as ‘First Time in Awhile’ Dems Not Running a Catholic (They Are)
Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin has a long history on entering the political arena with ugly attacks, and barely minutes after the Biden campaign announced U.S. Senator Kamala Harris would be the vice presidential running mate, he struck again.
“Biden-Harris,” Tobin, the Bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, tweeted. “First time in awhile that the Democratic ticket hasn’t had a Catholic on it. Sad,” he wrote, in Trumpian fashion.
In other words, this Bishop has effectively declared Joe Biden is not a Catholic and not allowed to be a Catholic. It’s an ugly attack on a man who is a devout Catholic – and a similar line of attack the Trump campaign made last week.
Weeks before the 2016 election Tobin posted a message to his followers on Facebook, essentially given his support to Donald Trump, writing: “Only with strong Christian values can we ‘make America great again!’”
Tobin last year generated controversy for posting an extremely homophobic tweet warning his fellow Catholics about LGBTQ Pride month, and falsely claiming that gay pride and gay “culture” “are especially harmful for children,” an ironic statement given that the Catholic Church itself has proven to be especially harmful for children.
Last year the Boston Globe published an opinion column titled, “If Donald Trump were a bishop, he’d be named Tom Tobin.”
In 2009 Tobin declared Catholic elected officials owed a duty to their faith first, not to the people they were elected to serve.
“Any Catholic in public office – his first commitment has to be to his faith,” he said.
But Tobin has no problem praising a president who is the epitome of anti-Catholic.
Thank you President Trump! Why should PP receive tax-payer dollars to support their evil work of abortion? https://t.co/p59lpklpDU
— Bishop Thomas Tobin (@ThomasJTobin1) February 23, 2019
Many are angered by Tobin’s Tuesday evening remarks:
funny, during the decade I spent as a youth minister and the 40 years I’ve spent on this planet as a Catholic, I was taught that being baptized into the Body of Christ was permanent, I didn’t know bishops were empowered to delete your baptism via tweet
— Claire Willett (@clairewillett) August 11, 2020
You allowed children to be abused for years under you watch. You’re an embarrassment to Catholicism and a truly shameful human being.
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) August 11, 2020
It’s weird to define someone’s religion entirely by their abortion stance, but I guess it’s something you can all agree to put the Spotlight on.
— Tentin Quarantino (@agraybee) August 11, 2020
Have you invalidated his baptism or excommunicated him or are you a disciple of Trump?
— David Bayne (@bayned) August 11, 2020
Biden lost his wife young children to an automobile accident and a grown son to cancer. My Aunt-in-law is a church-going Catholic. Trump’s talk about Biden “hurting God and hurting the Bible” is enough of blasphemy for her vote Democratic the first time in her life. #ShameOnYou
— SFDiva (@SFDiva2) August 11, 2020
(1) “a while” is two words
(2) Joe Biden is Catholic
(3) Saying otherwise because you think women are state-owned wombs is an example of the No True Scotsman fallacy
— Jedi, Interrupted 🏳️🌈 (@JediCounselor) August 11, 2020
Biden is a Catholic. Are you not aware or did you just decide his baptism isn’t valid?
— ConsistentLifeEthic (@ProLifeAll) August 11, 2020
You need help. Your religion is dying faster than Trump’s re-election campaign.
You also need a communications professional.
You’re a joke without being funny.
— kathleenlayton (@kathleenlala) August 11, 2020
Biden is a life long practicing Catholic.
Trump couldn’t quote you one Bible verse.
Do your research.
— DeborahB66 (@B66Deborah) August 11, 2020
Biden is a practicing Catholic – he was baptized Catholic – kind of a weird take from a Bishop. But you know Trump – a 2x divorcee who has 5 kids from 3 mothers and cheated on all 3 of his wives. And you all wonder why people are leaving the church in droves.
— mo chroi (@mochroi30) August 11, 2020
No. You’re NOT pro-life unless you are speaking out against Trump every day. His incompetence is killing real BORN Americans. You are pro-fetus & would force a woman to risk her life to carry a pregnancy to term. And, hon. Judge not lest ye also be judged is a thing.
— Karen Pearce (@FairMountain) August 11, 2020
‘You Guys Really Do Suck Without WikiLeaks’: Trump Decimated for Calling Biden VP Pick Kamala Harris ‘Phony’
President Donald Trump has labeled U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), just announced as Joe Biden’s vice presidential running mate, “phony,” and Biden’s “political living will.”
“Not long ago Kamala Harris called Joe Biden a racist and asked for an apology she never received,” the Trump campaign said in a statement. That is false.
“Clearly, Phony Kamala will abandon her own morals, as well as try to bury her record as a prosecutor, in order to appease the anti-police extremists controlling the Democrat Party,” the statement, allegedly penned by Katrina Pierson, continues.
Trump and his campaign were quickly mocked.
Projecting Donald, the phony businessman and phony president, accusing a lifetime public servant like @SenKamalaHarris of being phony just tells you how scared he is. And he should be scared. #BidenHarris2020 pic.twitter.com/QIDa761D9R
— Chris B (@ChrisBEsq) August 11, 2020
Phony Kamala Harris? You had weeks to come up with something clever and this is the best you could do? You guys really do suck without WikiLeaks and the Troll Factory. Thoughts and prayers. https://t.co/2b8fwHjHeJ
— Christopher Bouzy (@cbouzy) August 11, 2020
Trump’s team lands! They found their childish, infantile, sophomoric, immature, juvenile nickname for Kamala Harris. It’s Phony Kamala.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) August 11, 2020
Wow. You’re a talent, aren’t ya?
The guy with a hair sprayed combover, a fake tan, elevator shoes and fake Time magazine covers actually calling someone ‘phony’?
Look in the mirror, Clownie, you’ll see plenty of phony!!
— 🇺🇸 I Am Taz 🇬🇷 (@BillTzamaras) August 11, 2020
That’s the best you got? https://t.co/Pkya7UB4Py
— Anthony Michael Kreis (@AnthonyMKreis) August 11, 2020
President #Trump immediately attacks @JoeBiden’s VP choice, @KamalaHarris his campaign ad’ (below) calls them “Sleepy Joe and Phony Kamala”. His immediate reaction suggests #POTUS is rattled. https://t.co/tk3cLwX2kw
— Gavin Duffy (@GavinDuffy) August 11, 2020
— We Are All Other (@WeAreAllOther) August 11, 2020
Trump is already calling her Phony Kamala. He’s so boring and predictable. Oh and scared, I forgot to say scared. He’s definitely scared. #BidenHarris2020
— Susan (@counselorSusanr) August 11, 2020
“Phony Kamala”…. You couldn’t even think of something else with a “K” @realDonaldTrump. Doofus Donald.
— Gaza Jim (@Staydafuckmad) August 11, 2020
Kamala Harris Is Joe Biden’s Vice Presidential Running Mate
U.S. Senator Kamala Harris is presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s vice presidential running mate. The first term California Democratic Senator also served for six years as the Attorney General for the Golden State and for seven years as the District Attorney of San Francisco.
Harris, who is 55, made headlines for her tough and unrelenting questioning of two Trump Attorneys General, Jeff Sessions and Bill Barr, and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. She is rated a “Hard-Core Liberal” by OnTheIssues.
Sen. Harris become the first Black American and first Asian American to be chosen as a major party vice presidential candidate and running mate.
NBC News was first to report the news.
I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 11, 2020
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