Gay artist Aubrey Boshoga stabbed to death in Joburg


Aubrey Boshoga is the 11th LGBTIQ+ person murdered in the last few months

Tributes are pouring in for much-loved gay artist and flight attendant Aubrey Boshoga who was murdered in Johannesburg over the weekend.

According to reports, Boshoga’s body was discovered on the pavement outside the gate of his home in Observatory. He had been stabbed multiple times.

It’s believed that the 48-year-old was killed late on Friday night or early Saturday morning. It’s not yet clear if his murder was related to his LGBTIQ+ identity. A neighbour, who wished to not be identified, noted that the brutality of the attack was a possible indication of a hate crime.

Shocked friends, colleagues, acquaintances and celebrities like Simphiwe Dana took to social media in disbelief and heartbreak at Boshoga’s death. He is being remembered as a vibrant personality, a talented creative, a fashionista and a good friend.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Boshoga had a Bachelor of Art in Fine Arts from the University of Durban Westville and specialised in abstract contemporary art. He also worked for South African Airways as a cabin crew member for 22 years.

African Aviators expressed its sadness at his death, praising his “energy, strict sense of equity, team spirit and an unrivalled work ethic” and stated that “South African Airways and Africa has lost an outstanding cabin member.”

Boshoga’s neighbour described him to MambaOnline as an “out gay man who lived his truth.” They added: “He was very creative and incredibly social. He was a wonderful lovely person and was loved by so many people. We still can’t believe it.”

Aubrey Boshoga is the 11th known LGBTIQ+ individual killed since 12 February this year in a wave of LGBTIQ+ hate.

Here are the names of the known LGBTIQ+ individuals murdered in the past three and a half months:

  • Bonang Gaelae, 29, whose throat was slashed in Sebokeng on 12 February.
  • Nonhlanhla Kunene, 37, whose body was found half naked in Edendale, Pietermaritzburg on 5 March.
  • Sphamandla Khoza, 34, who was beaten, stabbed and had his throat slit on 29 March in Kwamashu, Durban.
  • Nathaniel ‘Spokgoane’ Mbele, who was stabbed in the chest in Tshirela, Vanderbijlpark on 2 April.
  • Khulekani Gomazi, 27, who was beaten to death on 3 April in Mpophomeni in KwaZulu-Natal after being accused of sexual assault.
  • Andile ‘Lulu’ Nthuthela, 41, whose mutilated and burned body was found on 10 April in KwaNobuhle, Kariega.
  • Lonwabo Jack, a young LGBTIQ+ individual who had just celebrated his 22nd birthday on 17 April. His lifeless body was found on a pavement the next day in Nyanga, Cape Town.
  • Lucky Kleinboy Motshabi, 30, whose body was found in a field in the town of Dennilton, Limpopo on 24 April. He was naked with stab wounds on his body.
  • Phelokazi Mqathana, 24, who was stabbed to death on the weekend of 1 May in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. It was reported that a man stabbed her after she rejected his advances.
  • Lindokuhle Mapu, 23, who was stabbed to death in Mfuleni, outside of Cape Town, on 9 May.

Supporters and allies are urged to sign the online petition demanding action against LGBTIQ+ hate and violence in South Africa.

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