Lesbian artist Zanele Muholi had just returned to Cape Town on April 26 from Seoul, Korea where her documentary Difficult Love was shown at the 14th International Woman’s Film Festival, to find that her Vredehoek apartment had been burglarized. This was no ordinary burglary.
After cutting through bars, the thief entered Muholi’s apartment through a bathroom window and stole more than 20 external hard drives, flash drives and SD cards consisting of years of projects that had consumed the life of the famed South African.
Little else was stolen; other expensive equipment, large and small items that most thieves would have relished for an easy sell, were left behind and so she believes her work may have been specifically targeted, possibly a hate crime.
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