A teenage girl has been arrested after she allegedly stabbed to death a professional dancer, who was well-known LGBQT activist.
Kirvan Fortuin was reportedly stabbed to death on Saturday morning in the Macassar suburb of Cape Town, South Africa.
He received serious knife wounds but died on the way to hospital.
Police spokesman Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said an argument broke out between the 28-year-old victim and the teenage girl.
Sgt Rwexana confirmed: “A 14-year-old girl was arrested and is being processed according to the Child Justice Act.”
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The victim 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 LGBQT 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.”
Artscape chief executive Marlene le Roux said: “Kirvan was from Macassar and against all odds he has chosen to follow his dreams, working actively to enhance the lives of young people in Macassar.
“He was also an activist against homophobia.
“He will be deeply missed by me and the staff at Artscape. His passing is a true loss for the creative industry in South Africa.
“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.”
Mr Fortuin had performed and toured in the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy and Poland.
Details have not been released about whether the teenage girl was charged.