No foul play in gay’s death

Police have refuted reports circulating on social media regarding the death of Stephen Nketsi, stating that he was killed because of a hate crime.

The post mortem report on the death of Stephen Nketsi, a gay person of Botshabelo, revealed that the 26-year-old man was not murdered but rather fell into a pool of water and drowned.

This new information nullifies current speculative reports on social media, which suggested that the man’s death was a hate crime.

Previous reports stated that the deceased was killed and dumped into a hole, however, Botshabelo police spokesperson, Martin Xuma, says the man was neither killed nor dumped into a hole.

“After his body was discovered, an inquest was opened and our findings were that there were no visible injuries found on the deceased’s body and that he drowned following his fall into the pool of water where his body was found,” Xuma says.

Xuma also confirmed that the police have released the body to the family following the investigation.

Nketsi’s body was found last week Thursday morning following an event he attended at a tavern nearby.

Reports surrounding his death stated that he was hit with an object in his face and that none of his possessions were taken from him, which sparked the rumours that it was a hate-crime.

Free State Rainbow Seeds peer educator, Thabiso Chaka, says there are numerous stories about Nketsi’s death and it is hard to know which one to believe.

He has expressed his sadness and shock at Nketsi’s death and says the death comes as a blow to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender and Intersex community.

Details about his death and memorial have not yet been released by the family. – Pulane Choane