This is how democracy feels like – Vaal LGBTI

Posted: 15/01/2016 in Education, Environment, News
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Vaal LGBTI's making their way to a cop shop to handover a memorandum

Vaal LGBTI’s members making their way to a cop shop to handover a memorandum. Picture by Reginald Nhlapo

by SMANGA KUMALO and REGINALD NHLAPO

Enough is enough, End heterosexual privilege equal rights for all and Love women who love women; these and more were messages displayed on placards as members of the Vaal LGBTI (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, Trans-gender & Intersex) made their way to Mafatsane police station in Evaton to tone their cry and seek justice on hate crime and racism on Tuesday morning.

The well attended march was supported by the ANCYL, Young Communist League (YCL), COSATU and members of the community.

LGBTI Project Manager, Lindiwe Nhlapo said they want police and residents to know that bisexuals do exist.

This comes after a member of the LGBTI was raped and found killed.

The mutilated body of Matshidiso Melamu was found dumped in an open ground next to Mopholosi Secondary school.

During the terror, Melamu’s breasts were cut off and body burnt with acid while her friend who was also raped managed to escape.

“We want justice to take its cause. Residents must know that we do exist and they must stop killing us. We are human beings too; we are also tired of having our sexuality questioned whenever we try to open cases with police. People must accept and respect our rights,” Nhlapo said.

It is alleged that three cases of rape have been reported but none of those were attended to or taken seriously by the cops.

“When we do follow up’s we are often told the investigating officer is on leave or the dockets are missing. Some of the cases go unreported because queers are afraid to be discriminated against,” fumes Nhlapo.

Sello Maetso, Vaal SACP General Secretary said christians must acknowledge that gays and lesbians exist in the country.

“We must not wait for someone to be killed so we can march. We must work in unity,” Maetso concluded.

nhlapor@vmex.co.za

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