Govt outrage at Duduzile Zozo murder


3 July 2013

The government has expressed its sadness and outrage at the brutal killing of Duduzile Zozo from Thokoza, south-east of Johannesburg.

Twenty-six year old Zozo’s half-naked body was discovered at a house about 10 metres from her home on Sunday morning. Her mother, Thuziwe Zozo, said she suspected her daughter was killed for being a lesbian.

It a statement in Wednesday, the government conveyed its deepest condolences to Zozo’s family, while urging South Africans to give expression to the Constitution in their everyday conduct.

“The Bill of Rights of our Constitution recognises and guarantees equality,” the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) said in a statement. “This fundamental right enjoins South Africans not to discriminate against anyone on several grounds, including gender, sex and sexual orientation.”

The government appealed to communities to work together with the law enforcement agencies to ensure that Zozo’s murderers were brought to book.

“Every South African has a duty to act against perpetrators of violence within the ambit of the law,” said GCIS Acting CEO Phumla Williams. “Violent acts such as this reinforce the existing social inequalities, based on gender and sexuality, and cannot go unchallenged.”

She said the government would continue to strive to ensure that all citizens were and felt safe in their homes and places of work.

“As we enter Mandela Month, let us not forget what the father of the nation fought for – a democratic country governed by a Constitution that is anchored on a vision that promotes human dignity, human rights and freedom, non-racialism and non-sexism,” Williams said.

“Let us work together to keep the legacy of Nelson Mandela alive.”

In a separate statement, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane expressed sadness at Zozo’s “gruesome and shameful” murder.

“We urge community members to go to the police with any information that will lead to the successful arrest of the people responsible for this barbaric act, so that they can face the full might of the law.”

Mokonyane said there was no place for people who disregarded South Africa’s national pride of unity in diversity, and infringed on other people’s right to human dignity and freedom of association as enshrined in the country’s Constitution.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Zozo family; our prayers are with you,” Mokonyane said.