Sphamandla Khoza, 34, was stabbed, beaten and had his throat slit in a suspected homophobic hate crime in Inanda, Durban, last week. His family reportedly followed a trail of blood from his front door to the ditch where his body lay.
Khoza was openly gay and is said to have faced threats whenever he left the house; the last time he was seen on heard from, he was being verbally abused for his sexuality.
It is heartbreaking,” his cousin Ndumiso Daluxolo Ngidi told News24 on Friday (2 April). “He was openly gay. Everyone knew he was gay. He had a partner.”
“His crime was to live openly as a gay man,” he continued on Facebook. “Yes, Spha died because someone hated his sexuality so much that they decided to end his life.
“As a child, Spha was full of life. He commanded attention with his infectious laugh and random dance moves. He always managed to get us all into trouble because he dared go where adults said we shouldn’t. A leader of the pack in so many ways.”