Cape Teens Watch as Gay Man Beaten, Set on Fire

Published: March 27, 2014

 A young gay man has been brutally tortured and killed in a horror hate murder in the Western Cape.

 
The Son daily Afrikaans newspaper reported that 21-year-old David Olyn from Ceres was killed over the weekend while a group of teens blithely watched on.
 
Senior Reporter Maahir Pretorius told Mambaonline that his investigation had led him to seven individuals between the ages of 14 and 16 and one of 18 years who apparently witnessed Olyn’s nightmarish death.
 
On Saturday evening, the youths from the Belle Vista neighbourhood were drinking near a local dam when they were invited by a man to watch how he was “going to kill a moffie [fag].”
 
They arrived on the scene where they found the victim already covered in blood and tied up with wire.
 
The teens were urged to watch as the alleged attacker bashed Olyn on the head with a brick and jumped on his face while shouting in Afrikaans, “voetsek” ["fuck off"].
 
Throughout the ordeal, Olyn only made groaning noises, said the teenagers. The alleged killer then placed branches around the victim and set him on fire.
 
Shockingly, the young witnesses wandered off without telling anyone about the incident. They returned to the scene the next morning to see if Olyn was still alive.
 
Only then did they inform a woman about the lifeless and half-naked burnt body. She in turn called the police.
 
When Pretorius visited the area he met with the witnesses and was shocked by how little impact the incident appeared to have had on them.
 
“I spoke to those kids and they were kicking a ball around and I though that perhaps they needed help or counselling, but this was nothing new for them. They are exposed to violence on a daily basis,” he told Mambaonline.
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