TDoR 2016 / 2015 / December / 27 / Phoebe Titus

Phoebe Titus

Age 30

27 Dec 2015
Wolseley, Western Cape (South Africa)

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Phoebe Titus
Phoebe Titus [photo:]

Phoebe was stabbed in the neck by a 15-year-old youth in broad daylight after an argument. Hers was the second reported LGBTI murder in the area in a month.

At around midday on 27th December at around midday Phoebe went with a neighbour’s child to an informal shop in the town of Wolseley to buy iced lollies.

According to reports received by LGBTI rights group Triangle Project while there she accidentally stepped on the toes of a 15-year-old boy at the store. The furious youth responded by allegedly shouting homophobic and transphobic slurs, including “vuil moffie” (dirty faggot) at her.

After being repeatedly verbally abused by the teen, Titus told a friend’s mother across the road from the shop that she was “sick of being called names.” Annoyed, the woman picked up a plastic crate and gestured with it to the youth.

It’s alleged that a man in his twenties near the shop then handed a knife to the boy, who plunged it into Phoebe’ neck.

Bleeding profusely, she staggered away, collapsing and dying about 500 metres down the road in a pool of blood.

“I think she’d just had enough of being called names,” an emotional Sharon Cox, Triangle’s Health and Support Services Manager, told Mambaonline. “She was beautiful and was loved in the community. She was a hairdresser in Wolseley at the time of her death, and was a friend to many. Everybody knew her.”

TvT project: Mamba Online, 12.01.2016

Report added: 18 Sep 2018. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

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