23-Year-Old Man Decapitated After Winning Gay Beauty Pageant
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.
I’ve read conflicting reports suggesting that Makutle identified as a gay man and as a trans woman. Maybe both. I don’t mean to insinuate or offend his memory by using masculine pronouns. It’s all just a bit unclear right now.
Makutle was one of us, and his senseless, violent death should be a lightning rod of outrage in his native South Africa, not ignored by police.
“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 didn’t want her family involved,” Griqua said.
“The government is not interested in this problem,” he added.
Our deepest condolences go out to the loved ones Makutle left behind.
(via Cape Times)