OUT Condemns Horrific Murder of Neliseka “Nelly” Xeke

OUT LGBT Well-being is deeply saddened and angered by the brutal murder of Neliseka “Nelly” Xeke, a young lesbian woman who worked closely with our Eastern Cape team.

Nelly’s body was found near a tavern close to her home in Motherwell, Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB), on the morning of 17 June 2024. It is believed she was murdered on the night of her birthday, 16 June.

Reports indicate that Nelly, who had just turned 28 on the day of the incident, intervened in a violent assault by a man on his girlfriend. The man allegedly responded by attacking Nelly with a spade.

Nelly was well-known and loved in her community. She was a key figure in OUT’s Engage Men’s Health project, contributing as a ‘Seed’, an essential role in expanding HIV services to the MSM (men who have sex with men) community. Her untimely death has left a profound void, especially for her mother and her partner, who now grieve her loss.

“Nelly was a very humble and respectful human being, so this has really shocked the entire LGBTQIA+ community in NMB that knew her. We really want to see justice being done on this matter,” said Ayanda Mgwadleka, Site Coordinator at OUT LGBT Well-being’s Engage Men’s Health project in the metro.

The suspect handed himself over to the police and appeared in court on 20 June. He has been remanded in custody and will appear again on Friday.

OUT is assisting Nelly’s family with financial support towards the costs of her funeral and will continue to monitor the legal process. We extend our deepest condolences to the family, her friends, and all who knew her. We stand with you in demanding justice for Nelly and in fighting for a safer and freer world for all.