A gay teen was found strangled to death with a shoelace in South Africa on Saturday (6 August).
The body of Lesley Makousa, who was just 17, was found in an isolated area just away from the student city of Potchefstroom.
A plastic bag, containing the body of an unborn baby, was also found near him.
‘There are two separate incidents,’ Constable Trom from the Ikageng SAPS told Mamba Online. ‘It’s just unfortunate that his body was dumped there or that he was killed ther.’
The motive is currently unknown and officers are not considering it a hate crime.
A memorial service was held today at Promosa Secondary School.
Makousa’s death comes almost exactly two years after the death of a gay woman, Gift Disebo Makau, in the north west province in Ventersdorp who was also strangled with a shoelace.
Her killer was sentenced to life in prison for rape, murder and robbery.
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