Suspect appears for Duduzile Zozo’s murder

The man accused of killing Duduzile Zozo was a neighbour and lived in a street behind her, the Star reported on Tuesday.

Lekgoa Lesley Motleleng (22) appeared in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's court on Monday.

According to the report, Motleleng was one of the mourners who attended a night vigil the night before Zozo's burial and offered comfort and condolences to the family.

Zozo's mother and sister were present in court and took pictures of Motleleng.

He was arrested on Friday and charged with the murder. Police believe she was strangled.


On June 30, the half-naked body of 26-year-old Zozo was discovered in Tokoza, Ekurhuleni.

Her mother Thuziwe Zozo reportedly said she suspected her daughter was killed because she was a lesbian, with many assuming the crime was an instance of "corrective rape".

The Star reports that, apart from the toilet brush that was found shoved in her vagina, no blood was found at the scene of the crime there didn't seem to be any signs of a struggle. – Sapa, additional reporting by Staff Reporter.

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Sapa
Guest Author

Related stories

Shutting down the blaming of women for rape

On Wednesday, women and gender non-conforming activists marched to mark the start of Women’s Month in South Africa and to say ‘enough is enough’

Slice of Life: ‘We’re told to be cold’

​'I was working on a story on male corrective rape and, during that time, I had this recurring dream.'

070707: 10 years on and the struggle against homophobic hate crimes continues

The ​07-07-07 Campaign​ was borne out of this uproar with the tagline “Act to end hate”.

Our culture idolises monsters

Violent men can't be dismissed as deviant; our society shapes such distorted masculinities.

Township life of LGBTIs: Dying for justice in Thokoza

Duduzile Zozo's case will finally be heard 10 months after her "corrective rape" and murder. But the battle against hate crimes continues.

Men are also ‘corrective rape’ victims

Many men, thanks to social stigmas, are ashamed to report sexual hate crimes – but they are almost as common as they are against lesbians.
Advertising

Subscribers only

SAA bailout raises more questions

As the government continues to grapple with the troubles facing the airline, it would do well to keep on eye on the impending Denel implosion

ANC’s rogue deployees revealed

Despite 6 300 ANC cadres working in government, the party’s integrity committee has done little to deal with its accused members

More top stories

It’s not a ‘second wave’: Covid resurges because safety measures...

A simple model shows how complacency in South Africa will cause the number of infections to go on an upward trend again

Unisa shortlists two candidates for the vice-chancellor job

The outgoing vice-chancellor’s term has been extended to April to allow for a smooth hand-over

How US foreign policy under Donald Trump has affected Africa

Lesotho has been used as a microcosm in this article to reflect how the foreign policy has affected Africa

Trouble brewing for Kenya’s coffee growers

Kenyan farmers say theft of their crop is endemic – and they suspect collusion
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday