A 14-year-old girl has been arrested after this South African LGBTQ activist and professional dancer was stabbed to death.
Dancer and activist Kirvan Fortuin, 28, was reportedly stabbed to death on Saturday morning in the Macassar suburb of Cape Town, South Africa’s legislative capital in the Western Cape province.
Police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said that Fortuin was with the victim when an argument between the pair broke out.
The 14-year-old is alleged to have stabbed Fortuin who died on the way to hospita.
Rwexana confirmed: “A 14-year-old girl was arrested and is being processed according to the Child Justice Act.”
The victim has founded the Kirvan Fortuin Foundation which “uses dance as a tool to educate and create social awareness” and danced professionally for a Dutch company.
He was an LGBTQ activist and received a Ministerial recommendation at the Western Cape Cultural Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Preservation and Promotion of an Indigenous Art form last year.
Anroux Marais, Western Cape’s Member of the Executive Council for CUltural Affairs, said: “Kirvan was a true testament to how hard work and talent could open many paths to success. He was a rising star in South Africa, who had a promising road ahead of him.
“Sadly, we have been robbed of the opportunity to celebrate his future successes, but we honour the amazing life of this young man.
“Our deepest condolences go out to Kirvan’s family and friends, and especially to those in the arts and culture spheres, who walked his path with him. The Western Cape has lost a true inspiration in Kirvan, but we will continue to celebrate his legacy for many years to come.”
It is unclear if the suspect has been charged.
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