Slain KZN lesbian’s family in fear as man accused of her murder gets bail

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The family of a slain young woman of KwaMakhutha, Anele Bhengu, has revealed that the release on bail of the accused has instilled fear in them.

Murder accused Thulani Nandos Cele was granted R2 000 bail by the Umbumbulu Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Bhengu, 22, who was a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) community, was raped and stabbed to death on June, 19, 2021, while she was visiting an old friend in the area.

Her throat and abdomen were slit which resulted in it being viewed as a hate crime. It is alleged that she had left her friend’s house to use the toilet outside but did not return.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Natasha Kara said Cele’s matter was postponed to October 12 for further investigation. Bhengu’s body was discovered with multiple stab wounds near her home in June.

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