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Dec 27th, 2003, 06:53 PM

Aids activist murdered in gang rape

Rory Carroll in Johannesburg

An Aids activist in South Africa was gang raped and then beaten to death after telling her attackers she was infected with the HIV virus, it has emerged.
Police said yesterday that two men had been arrested on charges of participating in the rape and murder of Lorna Mlosana, 21, in the township of Khayelitsha outside Cape Town.

"After they finished, the lady told them she was HIV positive, and then they took her outside and killed her," said Inspector Lunga Ntsinde.

Police are seeking at least one other suspect but a witness said up to five men took turns attacking Ms Mlosana after they had followed her into a toilet near a tavern.

The victim was a volunteer with South Africa's leading Aids lobby group, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). She reportedly did not have an opportunity to tell the men she had HIV, the virus which causes Aids, before the assault.

It was only after a female friend entered the toilet to try to help that Ms Mlosana was able to tell the attackers that they had exposed themselves to a disease that claims an estimated 600 lives a day in South Africa.

They beat both women, killing Ms Mlosana and seriously injuring her friend. The incident happened on December 15 but details were released only at the weekend.

Vuyiseka Bubula, a TAC treatment literacy co-ordinator, said it was a terrible tragedy.

"Mlosana's friend apparently tried to go to her rescue but the attackers turned on her, punching and kicking her.

"Maybe they were ashamed that they had raped an HIV-positive woman or maybe they were all scared they had contracted the virus by raping her, but they killed her because she told them she was HIV-positive."

Inspector Ntsinde said police had two men in custody and were seeking a third who is believed to be the main suspect. "But he appears to have disappeared," he said.

The attack evoked memories of the 1998 mob killing of Gugu Dlamini, an Aids activist in Durban, after she revealed she had HIV.

The fact that neighbours joined in the assault underlined just how profound was the stigma.

But Ms Mlosana's colleagues in TAC, which has been nominated for a Nobel peace prize for its campaign to promote tolerance and access to Aids drugs, said her murder did not reflect widespread prejudice.

"This is a criminal act. The people of Gugulethu, Khayelitsha and Mitchell's Plain have adopted an open approach to HIV in the past six years and it is a criminal element which did this, not the community," said Zackie Achmat, a leading member of the group.

He described Ms Mlosana as an outstanding member of TAC's training programme. "It is a terrible loss to her family, but also to us."

The group will hold a picket in Khayelitsha today.

Dec 27th, 2003, 09:37 PM
That saddens and sickens me extremely.

One half of me hope's those vulgar men will get AIDS and suffer too (in comparision to the pathetic SA justice system it would be the most extreme sentence they get aside from a 10 year sentence with release after 3.), while the sensible side of me knows that if/ when they do, they will just go on infecting more people, in prison or on the loose. (When vile crimes like this happens my lust to see the dealth penalty again is awakened.)

Dec 28th, 2003, 01:24 AM
Did this really happen?? I find this VILE and ODIOUS, This is actually Immoral how these people could preform this sexual content and act, yet spread the Demn Disease, People like this should be locked up and never allowed in a Religious Society, it sickens me, Sexual Acts such as "GangBangs" and other abhorrent and repulsive acts should never be legal, Put these men to death, ITS SICKENING AND ABSOLUTLEY CRIMINAL!!!!

~ The Leopard ~
Dec 28th, 2003, 01:34 AM
Just shoot them like mad dogs. They've lost the right to be treated like human beings.

Dec 28th, 2003, 02:26 AM
I think they should live.

But they should be jailed.

Do you think she was trying to say something to them that would scare them as revenge for being raped, or do you think she was trying to warn them?

Dec 28th, 2003, 02:28 AM
Silly question but have any of you ever heard of a man being 'raped' ? :confused:

~ The Leopard ~
Dec 28th, 2003, 02:30 AM
Men are raped all the time in jail.

Dec 28th, 2003, 02:34 AM
But by other men , right ?

~ The Leopard ~
Dec 28th, 2003, 02:41 AM
Of course.

It's veeeeeeery rare for women to rape. They are not physically well-equipped for it, tend to be less aggressive, don't have the same kinds of frustrations (they have different ones), and can usually get sex if they want it, since there's always some guy who won't say "no".

Dec 28th, 2003, 02:44 AM
I think also that men who are "raped" or otherwise physically victimized by women don't report these crimes.

Dec 28th, 2003, 06:45 PM
Yes this is terrible...:sad:

Fat Frog
Dec 28th, 2003, 07:05 PM
reading that has made me feel really sick.